Kerala floods: Images after worse deluge in a century

Weeks of monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala have triggered landslides and floods, leaving 324 people dead and thousands stranded.

The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops.

Aerial view of partially submerged housesImage copyrightREUTERS

Dozens of boats including 51 navy vessels are involved in the evacuation.

Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva - 18 AugustImage copyrightREUTERS
People take a boat to safety in KochiImage copyrightEPA

Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues. The Times of India newspaper said 23 military helicopters had been deployed.

People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, 17 August 2018Image copyrightREUTERS

This man was pictured waiting on a stretcher for his airlift to safety.

Sick man waits to be evacuated by the Indian NavyImage copyrightREUTERS

Others like this elderly woman had to rely on more primitive evacuation methods.

Indian volunteers and rescuers evacuate local residents in Ernakulam district - 17 AugustImage copyrightAFP

Any available vehicles are being used to transport people to safety.

Indian passengers travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravage the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of KochiImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

For those who have already made it to safety, the relief is palpable.

A woman cries as she holds her son after they were evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva - 18 AugustImage copyrightREUTERS

People have also been trying to save their animals, like this pig that was swept away by the floods.

A pig that was swept away in the floods is rescued by a local resident at VarapuzhaImage copyrightEPA

Officials say thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged.

Ajith Prasad stands in front of the rubble of his house on the outskirts of KozhikodeImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
An Indian woman sits inside her house immersed in flood waters in the Ernakulam district of Kochi

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