Printed on Wed Aug 10 2022 5:43:02 PM

Landslides and floods kill 24 in Kerala

International desk
At least 24 people have been killed in landslides and floods caused by heavy rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The incidents took place in the Idukki and Kottayam districts of the state, BBC and NDTV reported.

Five children were also among the dead. It is feared that the death toll could rise further as many people are still missing.

Several houses in the Kottayam district have been washed away and people are trapped in the water. As seen in a video, passengers of a bus in the area are being rescued after drowning in floodwater.

Meanwhile, NDTV reports that the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has held a high-level meeting to intensify efforts to rescue operations. He said all means would be used to evacuate people stranded in flood-hit areas due to heavy rains in the state, including Kottayam.

At the request of the state government, the army, navy, and air force have come forward to help the civil administration handle the situation. The National Disaster Response Force has decided to deploy 11 teams. So far, 33 people including eight women and seven children have been rescued.

Meanwhile, Lord Ayyappa devotees have been requested not to visit the Sabarimala temple in the state on Monday.

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