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WATCH: Floods force Indian couple to float to their wedding - in a cooking pot

Published Oct 20, 2021


New Delhi - When floods hit southern India, it looked as though a young couple would be unable to make their wedding.

But they managed to reach the temple by floating through the flooded streets in a giant metal cooking pot.

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The couple, identified by local media as health workers in the town of Alappuzha in southern India's Kerala state, could be seen smiling and waving in their ceremonial clothes, as two men waded through hip-high waters to steer their pot to the temple.

They were married in a Hindu ritual with only a small number of guests, while brown water lapped up at the edge of the building.

Rains across Kerala have triggered flash floods and landslides in several areas, killing at least 22 people. Kerala suffered its worst floods in a century in 2018, which killed at least 400 people and displaced around 200 000.

Many parts of the state remain cut off, with main highways and roads washed away by gushing waters, Xinhua reported.

TV reports showed gushing waters passing through the streets of Nainital, a major tourist destination in the state, with a couple of landslides happened in Chamoli district.

"Prime Minister Modi took stock of the situation over phone about the heavy losses the state has suffered by the natural tragedy. Under the directions given by the PM, the state government will leave no stone unturned in dealing with the natural tragedy," tweeted Dhami.

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Due to heavy floods and loss of lives during the past few days, a high alert has been sounded in Kerala's Idukki, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.