KERALA has been pummelled by flash flood leaving at least 164 dead with fears a major dam could burst its banks amid the heavy rain. Shocking video shows the devastating power of the monsoon ripping through a forest.
Kerala spiralled into chaos on Thursday after heavy monsoon rain hit the Indian region killing at least 164 people and forcing more than 85,000 people to evacuate.
Shocking footage captured in Kerala's Kannur District shows a massive landslide rolling down a hillside violently ripping out trees.
A second landslide can be seen slipping down the hillside pushing another section of the treeline into a nearby stream, forcing the cameraman to run away from the scene.
India’s Metrological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the state until Saturday and has issued a “red alert” for 12 out of its 14 districts.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that at least 164 people had died because of flash floods and landslides since the rain began on August 8.
The latest update from Mr Vijayan at 7:41 AM BST said: "At least 4,000 people have been rescued by NDRF right now.
"A total of 70 people have been airlifted from various parts of the city and 1,568 relief camps have opened up in the state."
The monsoon has forced officials to close down Kochi airport until August 26 and the Southern Railway cancelled all trains from Mangalore to Tamil Nadu.