Clouds rained heavily in Kerala, death toll continues to rise

Thiruvananthapuram: Rain has wreaked havoc in Kerala and has lashed out at people. At least 11 persons have died so far after the highest rainfall in South and Central Kerala. Several persons are feared missing in landslides in hilly areas of Kottayam and Idukki districts. The Indian Meteorological Department said that an alert has been sounded in 11 districts in view of the highest rainfall.

Rescue operations are on by army personnel for missing persons in the debris at The Same Kavali and Kottayam. According to the state information and public relations department, two more bodies were recovered from a landslide in Kuttical in Kottayam district, the death toll rose to 11. A yellow alert has been sounded in 11 districts of Kerala namely Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode. The Navy Chopper is already INS to provide relief material from Garuda to rain-affected areas. Two Air Force helicopters are on MI-17 standby at Air Force Station, Shangmugham.

At the same time, a team of Army soldiers from DSC Centre, Kannur along with engineering and doctors reached Wayanad for rescue operations. The engineering task force from Bengaluru is expected to reach Wayanad soon. A total of 3 columns have been deployed by the Army so far. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said people have been urged to take all precautions to avoid the rain.

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