Rain and floods continued in India's southern Kerala state as four more teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were brought in on Thursday (August 16th) to help with the relief operations.
Floods have wreaked havoc in Kerala, where tens of thousands have already been displaced and are currently living in government shelters or at relatives' and friends' houses in higher areas. The NDRF had already deployed 14 teams to carry out relief and rescue operations before the addition of the four.
The heaviest rains and floods since 1924 have caused massive destruction, leaving more than 75,000 people in relief camps and damage to crops and properties. Rainfall is important for India as a major section of its 1.2 billion population is engaged in farming and depends on rains. However, excessive monsoon rains this year have caused major rivers across India to swell causing floods and widespread loss of property and life. The impact is worsened by crumbling civic infrastructure, clogged drains and uncontrolled urban expansion.