Kerala’s death toll rises to 324

Landslides, torrential rains and flooding in Kerala have killed 324 people since August 8, official figures released here on Friday said. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that about 2.23 lakh people from 52,856 families were housed were housed in 1,568 relief camps set up across the state.

The Chief Minister spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the morning and apprised them of the situation. Yesterday alone over 100 people dead. Power supply was hit to most of the places in Kerala. About 80 villages are said to be remained in dark.

Thousands are still marooned in the four severely affected districts – Pathanamthitta, Alappuza, Ernakulam and Thrissur. The Chief Minister said he expected all of them to be rescued before nightfall. He said a request was made to the Defence Minister for more helicopters for the relief operations. Rise in flood waters in Periyar river due to the rains and opening of all shutters of all major dams, including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir, and Idamalayar, have severely affected lives of people in downstream areas.

The Indian Meteorological Department (MeT) indicated a slight reduction in rain intensity over Kerala in the next 48 hours. In districts like Kozhikode, the situation is improving, however, central Kerala is still in bad shape. The Railway Recruitment Board postponed exams scheduled for today in the state taking note of the flood situation.

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