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Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises To 21 As Search Operation Continues

Several people have been injured and displaced while 18 people have been found dead as heavy rains pounded south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the state.

Kerala: As per the State’s Information & Public Relations Department, the death toll due to heavy rains in Kerala now stands at 21. Three bodies were recovered from the site where the landslide occurred yesterday in Kokkayar, Idukki, said the Kerala government.

Earlier today, three more bodies recovered from Koottikkal in Kottayam district as heavy rain triggers landslide.

Presently, the situation is under control. If it rains heavily at night, it’ll create problems. A total of 12 bodies have been recovered and postmortem is going on. The body of one person who wasn’t on the list has also been recovered. No other missing person is reported, said Kottayam District Collector PK Jayasree in a statement.

“The situation is serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts,” Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

The Central forces teams including 11 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), two Army and two Defence Service Corps teams have been deployed in Southern and Central parts of the states. The India Meteorological Department had issued a red alert for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts and an orange alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alapuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts of the southern state.

Meanwhile, several state ministers have been assessing the flood situation in a review meeting at Mundakkayam, Kottayam.

Although 21 deaths are reported so far and the count is expected to rise, further details are awaited

The chief minister announced that colleges that were to reopen from October 18 will now open from October 20. Devotees going to the the Sabarimala pilgrimage have been asked to refrain till October 19.

With Inputs From ANI and PTI.

ALSO READ: Kerala Floods: Devotees Asked To Refrain From Visiting Sabarimala Temple On Oct 17-18

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