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Flood Fury In Kerala : 14 Districts Ravaged , Death Toll Now 88

Eighty-eight people have died across 14 districts of flood-battered Kerala while 40 are still missing, authorities said .

Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had toured the affected areas and relief camps promising all help to the people.

“It is a tragedy not only for Wayanad, but for Kerala and also some southern states. This is not only a Wayanad issue, this is a Kerala issue, this is a Karnataka issue.

The Central government needs to pay attention and aggressively support the people of these states,” he had told reporters at Kalpetta after attending a review meeting with government officials on the flood situation on Monday.

Rahul Gandhi on the second day of his visit he updated the media on the review meetings and the relief and rescue operations

As per official data recorded till 9 am today, 34 people have sustained injuries in the natural calamity.

Torrential rains over the last few days in the state have led to 88 deaths and caused landslides in some districts.

Malappuram is the worst hit with the highest death toll of 29.

As many as 1,332 relief camps are currently operational in the state.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has left from Thiruvananthapuram and will visit flood-affected areas of Wayanad and Malappuram later in the day.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted “cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers” for the next five days in the state.

Heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc in several areas across the state in past few days with daily lives of residents taking a hit.

In 185 camps in Malappuram, 45,377 people have been sheltered, the update stated.

Twelve people have so far lost their lives and 7 are missing in neighbouring Wayanad district, which also witnessed alandslide at Puthumala in Meppadi.

Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district.

Seventeen deaths have been reported from Kozhikode where over 43,000 people have shifted to 177 relief camps.

Though no ‘red alert’ has been issued for any of the 14 districts, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday under the influence of low pressure over Bay of Bengal in southern Kerala.

Thunderstorm accompanied by rain and gusty winds with speeds reaching 30-40 KMPH likely in Ernakulam, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha & Thiruvanathapuram districts, IMD forecast said.

“Orange alert” has been issued for six districts.

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