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Kerala rains: Toll due to landslides rises to 24, yellow alert issued in 11 districts

The toll due to landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains in Kerala rose to 24 on Monday, Onmanorama reported.

The torrential rains triggered by the formation of a low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea is expected to continue on Monday. The weather department has issued a yellow alert, indicating severely bad weather, in 11 out of 14 districts of the state for Monday.

Thirteen people have died in Kottayam district, nine in Idukki and one each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, according to Onmanorama. Two people are missing in Idukki, the Hindustan Times reported, citing a release from the chief minister’s office.

Rescue operations are underway since Sunday when rains triggered two landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts.

The National Disaster Response Force deployed one team each in the districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram. Five more teams have been directed to be deployed in Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur and Palakkad districts.

A Full Swing Search and Rescue Operation Going in Landslide Affected Area, Kokkayar, Idukki Dist, Kerala by 04 BN NDRF Arakkonam #KeralaRains #NDRF4U@NDRFHQ @satyaprad1@ANI@DDNational@ddmalayalam@pibchennai @PIBTvpm @KeralaSDMA @Indiametdept @CMOKerala pic.twitter.com/1KP8GjJ66y

— 4 NDRF ARAKKONAM (@04NDRF) October 17, 2021

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