Monsoon, landslide death toll rises to 16 in Kerala

Thiruavananthapuram: With the south west monsoon remaining active over Kerala, at least 16 people were killed since Wednesday mainly in downpours triggered landslides in the northern districts of the state.

Sources said, five members each of two families were killed in Idukki and Malappuram districts as their house collapsed in landslide.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said “The help of forces has been sought. They have been deployed for the rescue efforts in Wayanad, Idukki, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed at Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Alapuzha districts.”

“The safety and protection of the people are given priority. People living on river banks must be cautious,” Mr Vijayan said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, four shutters of Idamalayar dam were opened this morning resulted flooding of Periyar river. The water level at the Idukki dam reached 2398.66 feet. State Electricity Minister M M Mani told media that one shutter of the Idukki dam will be opened today for trial run.



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