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Death toll nears 400 in flood-hit Kerala, dozens missing

KOCHI/NEW DELHI, India: The death toll rose on Monday to nearly 400 in Kerala, reeling under its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps. Dozens of people are missing and 1.2 million are sheltering in the camps, state officials said, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace. “The death toll has risen to 373,” an official of the state’s disaster management authority told Reuters. Kerala received rainfall that was more…