Flood rescue operations were reaching their “final stages”, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday as residents of one hill town returned to find their homes devastated.
Munnar, a popular tourist hill town, was left in disarray after the heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flooded local houses.
Kerala state will seek to borrow more than 100 billion rupees ($1.4 billion) to finance reconstruction work after a disaster, Vijayan said on Tuesday.
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The worst floods in the state in a century claimed 383 lives, flattened tens of thousands of homes, and washed away roads and bridges.
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Around 1.3 million are sheltering in thousands of relief camps.