Over 200 dead in India floods; Kerala worst hit

Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains have left more than 200 people dead in India, multiple reports say.

While rains almost subsided in seven of the flood-hit states on Monday, low pressure forming in the north-western part of the Bay of Bengal may bring copious rains to Kerala and Central India in the next three days, Met said.

Kerala led the states in death toll with 92, followed by neighbouring Karnataka (40), Maharashtra (40) and Gujarat (31).

Under a mostly clear sky, more rescue workers joined the search for over 40 people still missing in Kerala after part of a hill came crashing down in Kavalappara, Malappuram district, burying dozens of families living in its slope and base.

The search team recovered six more bodies from the hillside on Monday bringing the number of victims pulled from mud to 19.

While locals are demanding the deployment of more earth movers to speed up the search, it is feared the heavy machines may sink in the mud hampering search operations.

In Puthumala in Wayanad district, ten bodies have been recovered so far and search is continuing for seven people missing.

Educational institutions will remain closed on Tuesday in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts.

Efforts are being made to partially restore train services between Shornoor and Kozhikode.

Madhav Gadgil, who had listed steps in a 2011 report to protect the western mountain ranges, blamed the latest floods and landslides on the state government which, according to him, turned a blind eye to rampant quarrying and construction activities in the hills.

Over 327,000 in relief camps

Rain fury continued in north and coastal Karnataka killing some 40 people.

Several residential areas in Shivamogga city were flooded after the release of water from Tungabhadra dam following copious rains.

Floods destroyed the main road to a village in Chikkamagaluru where a resident was found trapped under a tree with neck injuries.

Rescue teams are searching for 14 still missing. So far, more than 580,000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit areas. Of them, over 327,000 people are staying in 1,168 relief camps.

Despite the floods caused by the opening of Tungabhadra dam and the swollen Malaprabha River, the monuments of the World Heritage sites of Hampi and Pattadakal are intact.

Floods claim 35 in Maharashtra

Around 35 people have died in rain-related incidents in five districts of western Maharashtra in a week. Seventeen of them were drowned after a boat capsized near Brahmanal village in Sangli district on Thursday.

About 400,000 people have been moved to safety from flood-affected areas. Thousands of them are staying in 535 relief camps.

As many as 761 villages in the state were hit by the deluge.

Koyna dam in Satara discharged 53,882 cusecs of water as its catchment area was experiencing heavy rains.

Vehicular movement was blocked in Kolhapur due to floods.

Rains caused havoc in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts.

20 fishermen missing

At least 31 deaths were reported in Gujarat as rains pounded Saurashtra and Kutch regions since Saturday. Some 12 people were killed in Saurashtra alone.

Five fishermen living in Porbandar coast in Saurashtra were drowned after their boats capsized in the Arabian Sea. Some 20 fishermen are still missing,

Seven villagers of Vavdi in Surendranagar district were swept away while attempting to cross the swollen Falku River.