Kerala rains: Death toll rises to 24, yellow alert issued in 11 districts

Due to landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains in Kerala, the death toll rose to 24 on Monday, Onmanorama reported.

The torrential rains caused by the formation of a low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea is likely to continue on Monday. The weather department has issued a yellow alert for the state, indicating extremely bad weather in 11 out of 14 districts for Monday.

According to Onmanorama, thirteen people have died in Kerala’s Kottayam, nine in Idukki and one each in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. Two people are missing in Idukki district, Hindustan Times reported.

Since Sunday, rescue operations are ongoing when rains triggered two landslides in Idukki and Kottayam.

One team for each district is deployed by the National Disaster Response Force in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram. Meanwhile, another five teams have been directed to be deployed in districts of Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur and Palakkad.

The Central Water Commission has issued an orange alert for water levels in several rivers of the Kerala, including Manimala, Kallada, Achankovil, Neyyar and Karamana. Fishing off the coasts has been completely banned in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep till Monday.

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