Floods kill over 200 in India

NEW DELHI: Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed more then 200 people in the past five days in southern India, destroyed standing crops and left tens of thousands of people homeless, officials said.

At least 167 people have been killed in Karnataka, where several rivers burst their mud embankments following heavy rains and swept away houses.

Authorities said vast areas of agricultural land, including sugarcane and paddy fields were under water in the state.

More than 100,000 people were homeless and television pictures showed hundreds of people waving at helicopters carrying relief materials from rooftops. Some were seen clinging on to tree branches.

In the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, at least 33 people have died and more than 1.8 million people have been affected by the floods, officials said.

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