‘Extremely grave’ crisis in Indian state as 80 dams reach danger levels and more than 60,000 people are displaced

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India’s Kerala state on Thursday as the death toll reached 86 with fears for dozens more.

Helicopters airlifted stranded victims from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as torrential rain brought fresh havoc to the southern state popular with overseas tourists.

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