India monsoon floods ‘kill more than 300’ in Kerala

At least 324 people have been killed in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala, the regional chief minister says.

Rescuers are battling torrential rains to save residents, with more than 200,000 people left homeless in camps.

The state government said many of those who died were crushed under debris caused by landslides.

With more rains predicted and a red alert in place, the main airport has reportedly been shut until 26 August.

Hundreds of troops have been deployed to rescue those caught up in the flooding, alongside helicopters and lifeboats to rescue those marooned.

The government has urged people not to ignore evacuation orders. It is distributing food to tens of thousands who have fled to higher ground.

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