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Kerala Rains: 6 more bodies recovered; death toll mounts to 15

By Rajan Nath -- October 17, 2021 2:10 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Kerala Rains: Six more bodies were recovered from Kerala's Kottayam and Idukki districts on Sunday taking the total death toll in the state to 15 as incessant rains lashed the state causing landslides and flash floods in several parts.

12 bodies were recovered from Kottayam and three from Idukki, the State's Information and Public Relations Department said on Sunday. Personnel from the three defence forces -the Army, Navy and the Air Force have been pressed into service for rescue and rehabilitation efforts in the state.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today urged people in the state to take all precautions against the rain. "105 relief camps have been set up across the State and arrangements have been made to start more camps," he said.

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A man holds an umbrella and keeps a watch on his grazing cows on a rainy day in Kochi, Kerala. (AP)

The chief minister said that as per Central Water Commission, the water level in Madamon, Kalluppara, Thumpaman, Pullakayar, Manikkal, Vellaikadavu and Aruvipuram dams in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram districts was rising.

The chief minister held a high-level meeting to intensify the rescue efforts and evacuate people stranded in areas flooded due to heavy rain.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Central government will provide all possible support to help people in the state.

"We are continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. The central govt will provide all possible support to help people in need. NDRF teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations. Praying for everyone's safety," he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a 'Yellow Alert' in 11 districts of Kerala for heavy rainfall.
The alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts.

-PTC News

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