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Flood Rocks India, As Death Toll Raises To 164

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The death toll from floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala has reached 164, with more than 220,000 people homeless, a state disaster management official said Friday.

That is more than double the number listed as dead on Wednesday, when officials noted 67 dead.

Scores of troops and rescue workers were evacuating people trapped in floods in the southern Indian state. The tourist resort state has been pounded by the worst monsoon rains in almost a century since August 8. Most of the deaths have been reported in drownings and landslides.

“The death toll has mounted to 164 from 67 on Wednesday. Almost all of the state’s 14 districts are reeling under the devastating floods,” an official at the state disaster management control room said by phone.

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