Kerala Rains | Death Toll rises to 12, Many Shifted to Relief Camps

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  • 12 dead amidst heavy downpour in Kerala.
  • 49 relief camps set up for accomadating evacuees of low lying area.
  • Red alert issued in 10 districts.

Kerala: Five people were killed in Kerala in rain-related incidents on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 12. Heavy rains continued to batter Kerala on Tuesday even as the State government adopted a slew of measures to minimise the damages and intensify relief work.

Authorities have opened 49 relief camps in various parts of the state. As many as 757 people have been shifted to the camps. Those in the camps include 251 men, 296 women and 179 children.

The IMD has issued red alert in 10 districts including Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts for Tuesday. An orange alert has been issued in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta.A red alert has been issued in 11 districts for August 3 and in 9 of them for August 4.Heavy (7- 11 cm in 24 hours) to very heavy (12 -20 cm in 24 hours) rainfall with isolated extremely heavy (above 20cm in 24 hrs) is very likely to occur at isolated places in Kerala from August 2 to August 4, the IMD informed.

In view of the red alerts issued by the IMD, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said people should be very careful and everyone should be prepared to strictly follow the warnings issued by the Disaster Management Authority.

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