(BBC) – At least 324 people have been killed in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala, the regional chief minister says.
Rescuers are battling torrential rains to save residents, with more than 200,000 people left homeless in camps.
The state government said many of those who died were crushed under debris caused by landslides.
Hundreds of troops have been deployed to rescue those caught up in the flooding, alongside helicopters and lifeboats to rescue those marooned.
The government has urged people not to ignore evacuation orders. It is distributing food to tens of thousands who have fled to higher ground.
“Almost all dams are now opened. Most of our water treatment plants are submerged. Motors are damaged.”
He added that the failure of the state government of neighbouring Tamil Nadu to release water from a dam had made the situation worse.
Kerala has 41 rivers flowing into the Arabian Sea.
Officials say more than 223,000 people are now living in the more than 1,500 emergency relief camps set up in the area.
Some local plantations are reported to have been inundated by water, endangering the local rubber, tea, coffee and spice industries.
India’s Prime Minister and Home Minister have both offered federal support.
The Indian home ministry says more than 930 people have now died across India since the country’s monsoon season began in June.