People sit in an observation area after getting inoculated with a dose of Covishield vaccine at the BKC Jumbo vaccination centre in Mumbai on May 2nd. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP via Getty Images

India’s prime minister has suffered a rare political defeat in a key state election, amid signs of a voter backlash over his handling of the coronavir(...)

Indian women participate in the “Women’s Wall” in Kochi. Photograph: Prakash Elamakkara/EPA

More than four million women formed a 620km “human chain” in the southern Indian state of Kerala on New Year’s Day in support of gender equality and t(...)

A van  makes its way down a flooded road in Paravur on the outskirts of Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala, on Monday. Photograph: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

Indian health authorities prepared defences against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state on Monday as water receded and a huge clean-up ga(...)

A dead cow lies on a roadside as an elderly woman is carried to safety from flood waters by Kerala and Tamil Nadu Fire Force personnel in Annamanada village in Thrissur District, in the south Indian state of Kerala. Photograph: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

Torrential rain finally let up in India’s flood-hit Kerala state on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, but authorities fe(...)

Volunteers and rescue personal evacuate people  in a residential area in Ernakulam district, in the Indian state of Kerala, on Friday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

At least 324 people have died in India’s southern Kerala state over the past week due to severe monsoon flooding, the worst in the state for over(...)

Health officials deposit a bat in a container after catching it inside a well at Changaroth in Kozhikode, Kerala on Monday. The Nipah virus outbreak has triggered a state-wide health alert. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

India’s federal authorities have dispatched a team of medical specialists to southern Kerala state to investigate the outbreak of the mysterious and l(...)