The cost to rebuild Kerala following the severe flooding that hit the southern Indian state will exceed $3.7 billion, according to authorities.

Almost 500 people were killed and a million left homeless after the worst floods in a century hit the coastal state in May.

The torrential rains destroyed tens of thousands of homes, ruined crops and washed away roads and bridges.

At the state assembly yesterday, Kerala’s Chief Minister said the economic losses would exceed $3.73 billion.

According to Al Jazeera News, the central government earlier this month announced it would provide 6 billion rupees the equivalent of US$84.6 million in assistance to the state, far less than the 20 billion rupees or US$282 million it requested.

Much to the dismay of state officials, the government has also rejected offers of foreign aid from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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