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67 killed in Kerala floods


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After suffering a severe flood last year, Kerala is also in the grip of destruction this year.

Areas like Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram in northern Kerala are badly affected. Till Sunday evening, 67 people are reported dead, out of which 19 are from Malappuram.

According to the district control room, more deaths have been caused by landslides. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that in the last two days, a total of 80 reports of landslides were received from eight districts.

Major incidents of landslides occurred in Malappuram, Kavalappra, Mappadi and Wayanad. Central forces, state police, fire departments, along with fishermen and volunteers are engaged in rescue work.

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Millions of people in relief camps

Baiju, an engineer of the Kerala State Electricity Board, died while on duty. Energy Minister MM Mani has posted a Facebook about this, according to which Baiju died due to the collapse of a tower in Punnaurkulam in Thrissur.

1.65 lakh people from about 46,400 families have been evacuated from the affected areas to 1318 relief camps.

The maximum number of 287 relief camps have been set up in Kozhikode. At the same time, 197 camps have been arranged in Wayanad.

We reached some relief camps in Kannur district. A total of 91 camps have been set up here. Villagers of Pawanur village have taken refuge in the camp located in Mayili. Flood water has entered their homes.

Here, when we asked an old lady from where she came from, she said, "My entire village is submerged in water. We have all lost our homes. We saw our belongings flowing in front of our eyes. But we have some Could not.

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Fields filled with water

A pair of clothes bags have been given to the people present in the relief camp on behalf of the government.

There is a village a few kilometers away from this camp, where the flood water marks can be seen clearly on the walls of the houses.

The paddy and banana fields are now full of water. Pointing to him, Ashok, a resident of Pawanul village, says, "We have never seen such a catastrophe before. We had not faced much difficulties in Kannur when there was a flood last year, but this year the situation is different."

Red alert

Kannur district is on red alert. A warning of heavy rain has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department here in the next two days.

Nine districts of Kerala are on red alert. On Saturday, Vadakara of Kozhikode recorded the highest rainfall of 296 mm.

There has been heavy rainfall in Kerala in the last one week. The southwest monsoon starts from July 1.

However, compared to last year, there has been less rain so far.

According to meteorological data, in the year 2018, there was 2039.6 millimeters of rain, which was less than the normal figures of 2515.73 millimeters.

1406.82 millimeters of rainfall has been recorded from June 1 to August 10 this year, whereas in normal conditions this figure should have been 1527.2 millimeters.

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