Toll touches 102; Kerala still in the grip of monsoon fury

Kerala continues to reel under monsoon fury even as the toll in landslips and flood touched 102l. Search operations are continuing in Kavalapara in Nilambur and Puthumala in Wayanad, which saw the worst landslip.

Despite efforts for tracing more bodies, continuous rain in the two regions have slowed down the search operations. According to the latest report, 42 lives were lost in Malappuram alone. Twenty nine people are still missing in the district. In Kozhikode, 17 lives have been lost till now. The toll in Wayanad reached 12 and seven are still missing, according to official figures. While nine deaths were reported in Kannur, eight deaths were reported from Thrissur.

According to official reports, 1,89,649 people are still in 11relief camps opened across the state.

Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday announced Rs four lakh each to the families of those who were killed in monsoon related incidents. Apart from this, the government also announced Rs 10,000 as immediate relief to the families who were hit. The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting. The cabinet also decided to give Rs ten lakh to those who lost their homes and land and also to give Rs four lakh for houses damaged.

The northern parts of the state are likely to receive more rains on Thursday with the Met department predicting heavy rains. It said that Malappura, Kozhikode and Kannur would be receiving heavy showers.


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