Receding flood waters left Indian troops and rescuers the grim task Monday of searching for bodies left by the worst monsoon in a century in Kerala state as the death toll rose above 400, the Agence France Presse, AFP, reported.
After a week of fierce downpours, rainfall eased Monday and flood levels have fallen in many districts, the Agency said.
It added that Indian army helicopters and boats kept up missions to find trapped survivors and drop food and water in isolated villages.
“Officials said 22,000 people were rescued on Sunday.
“At least 30 bodies were also found taking the death toll above 200 since the torrential rain started falling on 8th August and more than 400 since the monsoon started in June,” AFP continued.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the priority now was to provide clean drinking water and restore power supplies to the state of 33 million people.
“The total number of people taking refuge at the 5,645 relief camps has risen to 724,649,” Vijayan told reporters.