India announced on Wednesday August 14th a fresh flood alert for parts of the southern state of Kerala, as the nationwide death toll from the annual monsoon downpour rose to at least 209.
More than 1.2 million people have been evacuated due to heavy rains in parts of four Indian states -- Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat – to government-run relief camps, according to AFP.
Authorities warned Kerala locals of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours in some of the worst affected regions of the state popular with tourists.
Kerala was hit by its worst floods in almost a century in 2018 and is still recovering from the extensive loss of life, which was around 450 dead, and damage to public infrastructure including highways, railways and roads.
According to Kerala police statements, the death tolls this monsoon season in the state increased to 95 overnight and at least 59 people were missing.
In addition, about 48 people have also lost their lives in neighbouring Karnataka state, where authorities have also rescued around 677,000 people from flooded regions.
66 people also lost their lives in the western states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, with hundreds of thousands rescued from inundated areas, according to local media.
India has also deployed the army, navy and air force to work with the local emergency personnel for search, rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit regions.