Hundreds Killed As Deadly India Floods Maroon Thousands

It's the region's worst floods in a century.

What you need to know
  • Hundreds have died and thousands are still stranded in India as deadly floods in the Kerala region worsen
  • The weather in the area is not expected to begin improving until late Sunday
  • The federal government has vowed to give relief funds to the state while Kerala's chief minister says the area should be declared a national disaster

Hundreds of thousands of people remain marooned in India's flood-hit Kerala state as rescue personnel continue efforts to reach them.

More than 82,000 people had been rescued on Friday alone, according to the state government.

But on Saturday thousands remained stranded across districts as flood waters from overflowing rivers inundated villages and towns, often rising above the first floor of buildings.

Incessant rains that hit the state over the past week continued in several areas and weather was expected to start improving late on Sunday.

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India's monsoon season, between June and September, often sees heavy rains that are vital for agriculture, but which can cause immense destruction.

"Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223,139 people are in 1500+ relief camps," Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Twitter Friday.

At least 35 deaths were reported on Friday alone.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried out an aerial survey of the region on Saturday and announced the federal government would be giving 5 billion rupees ($A98 million) as relief funds to the state.

Vijayan said the situation in Kerala was grave and should be declared a national disaster. He has requested 20 billion rupees of relief funds and estimated the state had suffered a loss so far of 195 billion rupees.

More than 30 helicopters from the armed forces and nearly 400 boats have been involved in rescue operations.