Death toll in India floods hits 164

Kerala Floods according to reports is the highest rainfall in India since 1924.

Indian authorities say the death toll from floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala has reached 164, with more than 220,000 people homeless.

Earlier on Wednesday, 64 people were reported dead in the flood that has been described as the worst to hit India in recent times.

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.