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Photos: unprecedented floods kill hundreds in India

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Monsoon floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed at least 180 people in the past few days alone.

Unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala has killed at least 180 people in just the past few days, according to local officials.

On Friday, the region’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it’s the worst flooding he’s seen in a century. “80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223,139 people are in about 1,500+ relief camps,” he tweeted, referring to the overall death toll in Kerala so far this monsoon season. India’s monsoon season typically lasts from June to September.

According to the BBC, it’s normal for Kerala to experience high rainfall during this time, but the India Meteorological Department said it had been hit with almost 40 percent more than usual because of a “spell of low pressure over the region.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heading to the region Friday evening to assess the damage.

Here’s what he’s likely to see.


Officials in India say this is the worst flooding they’ve seen in 100 years

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Indian commuters wade through flooded streets in Kozhikode district, about 385 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 17, 2018.
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Submerged vehicles on a flooded street are pictured following monsoon rains in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 16, 2018.
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An Indian woman sits inside her houses immersed in flood waters in Ernakulam district of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on August 10, 2018.

Landslides triggered by the heavy monsoon rains have cut off many roads, making rescue efforts difficult

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A car is submerged as roads and houses are engulfed in water following heavy rain and landslide in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, on August 9, 2018.
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Water gushes out following heavy rain and landslide in Kozhikode, Kerala state, India, on August 9, 2018.
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An Indian woman watches residents walking through flooded streets next to their marooned houses in the south Indian state of Kerala on August 17, 2018.

India’s navy, rescue workers, and volunteers are desperately trying to evacuate the thousands of residents caught in the flooding

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Indian navy and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in the Indian state of Kerala on August 16, 2018.
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Indian volunteers and rescuers evacuate local residents from the flood-stricken state of Kerala in India on August 17, 2018.
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People wait to be rescued in a country boat in a flooded area at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, on August 17, 2018.

More than 200,000 people who have been left homeless by the floods are now living in camps, where they can access food and medical care

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Indian flood victims wait for a doctor consultation at a medical center in a flood-relief camp in Kozhikode district, about 385 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 17, 2018.
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A doctor checks a patient at a medical center in a flood-relief camp in Kozhikode, about 385 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 17, 2018.
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Volunteers help sort flood-relief materials at the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) in Kozhikode district, about 385 km north of Trivandrum, in the south Indian state of Kerala, on August 17, 2018.

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