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People plucked from rooftops as Indian floods kill 324
Emergency workers stepped up their rescue efforts in the Indian state of Kerala on Friday (August 17) after the worst floods in a century hit the region. Officials said the floods have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit the southwest state later on Friday and its chief minister said he was hoping the military could step up help for the rescue effort, which is already using dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats. The floods began nine days ago and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said about 223,000 people were forced into 1,568 relief camps. Kerala has been hit with 37 percent more rainfall than normal since the beginning of this monsoon, the Meteorological Department said. The office of the chief minister said heavy rain was falling in some places on Friday. More showers are expected over the weekend.