KOCHI, India -- Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said.
Heavy rains over the past eight days triggered flooding, landslides and home and bridge collapses, severely disrupting air and train services in Kerala state, a popular tourist destination with scenic landscapes, waterfalls and beautiful beaches.
Monsoon rains kill hundreds of people every year in India.
The season runs from June to September.
The monsoon flooding has severely hit 12 of Kerala's 14 districts, with thousands of homes damaged since June.