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22 dead in Kerala due to rains, landslides: MHA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

At least 22 people have died in due to heavy rains and landslides, the said today.

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

Among the total deaths, 11 people died in district, five in district, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode, a said.

Ten teams of the (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, have been deployed in to assist the rescue and relief operations.

An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the 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.

Heavy rains for past two days and release of water from the yesterday, resulted into localised flooding in low lying areas in the northern districts of Kerala.

The flood water also triggered landslide in some places.

The NDRF teams have been deployed in various flood affected districts -- Ernakulum (1), Alappuzha (1), (1), Kozhikode (2) and Palakkad (1) to carry out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief work, the said.

To augment the deployment, four additional teams are being airlifted from (Arakkonam) in to Kozhikode in Kerala. All teams are fully equipped with lifesaving equipment and also armed with modern communication gadgets like

Additional teams are kept on standby at NDRF base Arakkonam and will be mobilised as per demand.

An NDRF control room in is closely monitoring the situation round-the-clock and is in touch with other agencies for further deployment.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 21:15 IST