In Kerala, 11 persons have been killed in rain-related incidents across the state since yesterday. At Koottickal in Kottayam district, Six more bodies including that of a baby were recovered today from the debris of the landslide that took place Yesterday. With this the total number of persons killed in the landslide has risen to nine.
Search operations are underway in Koottickal and neighbouring Kokkayar in Idukki for people reported missing. In Kokkayar, eight persons including five children are missing in a landslide.
Dog squads have been pressed into service for search operations. The death toll is likely to rise further.
In Pathanamthitta district, Manimalayar, Achankovil and Pampa rivers are flowing above the danger mark. At Mallappally, one of the worst affected areas in the district, rescue operations continued throughout the night. Fishing boats that reached the area from Kollam have also been pressed into rescue operations.
In Alappuzha district, water level in many places is rising. Several people living close to river banks have been shifted to safer places.
Meanwhile, the Met Department has said the low pressure area in southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Kerala has become less marked. However, a trough of low at mean sea level currently lies over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea off North Kerala- Karnataka coasts. It said in Kerala, light to moderate rainfall is likely at many places with isolated heavy rainfall, during the next 24 hours. It will further decrease thereafter.
Meanwhile Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that his Ministry is continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. In a tweet, Mr Shah said that the central government will provide all possible support to help people in need. Mr Shah informed that National Disaster Response Force, NDRF teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations in the State.