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Kerala rains: US asks its citizens not to visit state

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The US today issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit because of the floods in the state.

In the advisory, the US said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state.

"Avoid all areas throughout affected by landslides and floods," it read.

At least 22 people have died in due to incessant rainfall and flooding in the past two days, the said today.

described the situation as "very grim".

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 the 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 landslides at some places.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 00:25 IST