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Some relief will come to the hard-hit Indian state of Kerala, where thousands have been rescued from the deadly flooding.
More than a week of downpours triggering flooding, mudslides and transportation chaos in Kerala have killed roughly 350 people as of Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
That brings the death toll since the monsoon started in late May to more than 350.
An estimated 800,000 people have been displaced by the flooding, seeking shelter in over 4,000 relief camps.
Boats and helicopters have been utilized to rescue residents from flooded areas. Nearly 10,000 people are reportedly still stranded by the flood waters.
"Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years," Kerala’s Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan stated. "This flood is also one of the worst floods in our country's history."
Some relief will come to Kerala as the surge of moisture shifts northward and allows downpours to become fewer and less intense for most of this week.
"There can still be showers that occasionally dampen the state, but rainfall will be significantly less than the past two weeks," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.
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While residents should still be mindful of downpours capable of worsening the flooding situation, such incidents may occur on a much more localized level.
The heavy rain easing will give floodwaters in most areas an opportunity to recede and allow residents and crews to start the painstaking task of cleaning up from the devastation.
#Update #KeralaFloods2018 Indian Army has made 13 temporary bridges to reconnect 38 remote areas, total of 3627 personnels have been rescued till date, including 22 foreign nationals. #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @HQ_IDS_India pic.twitter.com/Or2e03YdUC— ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 18, 2018
Residents should continue to follow the advice of local officials to protect themselves against the hazards that remain in the wake of flood disasters, such as boiling water, watching for wildlife in the mud and protecting oneself against mold.
Even if stream levels recede, larger rivers may remain out of their banks as runoff from the extreme rain or water being released from the dozens of opened dams flows downstream.
Inundating floodwaters have forced officials to close the Kochi International Airport, the largest airport in the state, through Aug. 26.
Twelve of Kerala’s 14 districts have been hit hard by monsoon flooding downpours since June, according to the Associated Press.
Thousands of homes and 32,500 hectares (80,300 acres) of crops have been destroyed. Officials estimate that more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged. Initial projections put the total losses from the flooding as high as Rs 20,000 crore (nearly $3 billion).
Flooding downpours will not ease across all of India this week.
Frequent downpours may continue to threaten areas farther up the western coast of India, including Mumbai, with flooding.
Meanwhile, a monsoon low may unload more heavy rain and heighten the risk for flooding as it tracks from Bangladesh to eastern and central India.
The heaviest rain is expected to remain south of the National Capital Region through the new week, but showers and thunderstorms can lead to occasional travel delays on a nearly daily basis.
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Ahead of a sweep of October-like air, heavy, damaging thunderstorms will march across the midwestern United States on Thursday afternoon and night.
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Sizzling sunshine, light winds and very warm and humid air will persist and make for uncomfortable conditions for those dealing with ongoing flooding and increasing numbers of people beginning to clean up after flooding from Florence.
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A former tropical depression will bring needed rainfall, but also a flood risk to the southwestern United States and southern High Plains into Friday.
About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in floodwaters from Florence in North Carolina. Health and environmental concerns have been raised as flooded power plants, industrial sites, and animal-manure lagoons may leak toxic waste into drinking water.
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