Thursday, December 9, 2021

Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala reaches 23

The death toll in rain related incidents has reached 23 in Kerala. In Kottayam district, 13 lives were lost, while nine people died in Idukki district in rain related incidents. One person died when he was swept away at Nellikunnu near Thiruvananthapuram.

The bodies of four children aged between four and eight years and a man and a woman were recovered from the debris at Kokkayar area in Idukki district, hit by a massive landslide on Saturday.

Rescue workers on Sunday dug out the bodies of the children, found lying beneath the rubble of their home. The body of the man, swept away by gushing water was found near Mundakkayam.

Search is on for one more child, and another person, believed to be buried in the area.

Meanwhile in neighbouring Kootickal Panchayat in Kottayam district, which was hit by another landslide, eight bodies were recovered since this morning. In all, eleven bodies have been recovered from the region. The landslide wiped out six members of the same family. The authorities have called off search operations at Koottickal as the mortal remains of all those reported missing were recovered.

As intermittent rain continues in parts of Kerala, and with many catchment areas receiving copious downpour, a red alert is in place in 10 dams across the state.

The Kakki, Sholayar, Perinagalkoothu, Kundala, Kallarkutty, Erattayar, Lower Periyar and Moozhiyar dams under the Kerala State Electricity Board are on Red Alert. A similar alert is in place for two dams Chulliyar and Peechi belonging to the State Irrigation Department.

These dams have either crossed or reached close to the full reservoir level.

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