Environment & Nature

Kerala Rain And Floods: 23 Dead, CM Vijayan Urges for ‘Extreme Caution'

BP World Bureau | Oct 18 2021 09:46:34 AM
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA: 23 people died in Kerala as floods and landslides were triggered by heavy rains in hilly areas of several districts.

Fourteen deaths were reported from Kottayam district, eight from Idukki and a child drowned in Kozhikode.

Rescue workers had recovered bodies from the debris and slush of the landslides in Idukki and Kottayam, said State Revenue Minister K. Rajan. 

Over a dozen people are reportedly missing and Idukki District Collector Sheeba George said that a search was on. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to assess the situation.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested people to be cautious during the tough times.

Kerala has already received 84% of its share of the northeast monsoon. The rain should have ended around September but it is continuing aggressively as of October. 

"There were some reports of cloud bursts causing the rains but the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed that it is not the case,” says Rajeevan Erikkulam, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.

Kerala saw two deadly floods in 2018 and 2019.