22 dead in Kerala due to heavy rains, landslides

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New Delhi: At least 22 people have died in Kerala due to heavy rains and landslides, the Home Ministry said today.

According to Kerala State Emergency Operations Centre, 22 people have lost their lives due to the heavy rains and landslides last night.

According to a home ministry spokesperson, of the total deaths, 11 people died in Idukki district, five in Malappuram district, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force, comprising 45 personnel each, have left Chennai for Kerala to assist the rescue and relief operations.

An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government is also visiting flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state.

With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost their maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water.