Landslides in Wayanad and Nilambur are disrupting the traffic and are proving to be a challenge for the rescue and relief operations.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday conducted a review meeting of the disaster management activities in the wake of incessant rains in the state, and informed that 22 people have died so far while over 22,000 people have been evacuated to relief camps set up in the state.
In Kerala, rains continued to wreak havoc for the second day, as the death toll from floods and landslides reached 28 on Friday.
Kerala was hit by devastating floods last August that killed more than 200 people and affected more than 5 million.
Earlier, it was reported that several villages in the Sangli district have been cut off from the main road due to the massive waterlogging and a flood-like situation due to heavy rainfall in the area.
AM: Red alert has issued in nine districts of Kerala, including Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur. "The dam operators are likely to turn around and say that "but the dams were full and we had no option but to release the water". Since the whole area was washed out, we were unable to ascertain the actual loss", a district revenue official told PTI.
The tally of dead in the floods was 25 in the western state of Maharashtra by Thursday, officials said, while government data in the neighbouring southern state of Karnataka showed eight dead.
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As rivers overflowed in Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, several towns were flooded, forcing hundreds of families to move to camps.
The government has sanctioned an immediate assistance of ₹22.5 crore for flood relief, and has requested more central help.
In New Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat from Kerala, spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the floods and sought aid.
Kochi: The Cochin International Airport in Kerala, India was closed on Thursday night as water entered its taxiway following heavy rains and rising water levels in the Periyar river, a top airport official said.
Most flights have been diverted to the state capital Thiruvanathapuram for the next two days.
The Central Water Commission had warned that the state might witness deluge this year too.