Kochi: The death toll due to heavy rains and landslides in two districts of Kerala has risen to 27 on Monday. Meanwhile, the Met department has predicted more rain from Wednesday. The department said more bodies have been buried under debris at Kuttikal in Kottayam district and Kokyar in neighbouring Idukki district on Monday. According to state government data, 13 bodies were recovered from a landslide-affected area at Plapalli in Kuttikal Panchayat, while the bodies of 9 people were recovered from Kokyar.
At the same time, people have died due to drowning in Kozhikode, Thrissur and Palakkad districts of the state. Two people lost their lives when a car was washed away in flood water in Kanjar area of Idukki district on Saturday. At the same time, the water level of dams in the states is also scaring. Water in dams is constantly increasing. The administration has issued alerts in view of the rise in the water level of several dams. The water level in Idukki reservoir soared to 2,396.96 feet on Monday, following which an 'orange alert' has been issued.
Ernakulam collector Zafar Malik said in a Facebook post that according to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which looks after the management of the dam, the water level of the Idukki dam could reach 2397.86 feet by Monday evening and its level could rise to 2398.86 feet by Tuesday morning.