Kerala flood death toll rises to 445

Kerala flood death toll rises to 445

KOCHI: The death toll from devastating floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 445 on Sunday with the discovery of 28 more bodies as the waters recede and a massive cleanup gathers pace, government officials said.nnAround a million people are still packed into temporary relief camps and 15 are reported missing even as the government mounts an operation to clean homes and public places that have been filled with dirt and sand left by the floods.nnKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a tweet said that more than 130,000 flood-hit houses had been cleaned, or nearly a third of those affected.nnAuthorities are also in the process of restoring electricity connections.nnPeople returning to their homes have been told to stay alert as receding waters leave behind a glut of snakes. State authorities and wildlife experts have formed teams to come to the aid of those who have found snakes in their home, according to local media.

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