5 drown as heavy rains pound Northern Kerala

Five people lost their lives on Monday as heavy rains continued to pound Northern Kerala and over 300 persons were shifted to relief camps in the state as the South-West monsoon intensified.

All the five deaths reported on Monday were due to drowning.

A Red alert (very heavy rains) has been sounded in Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts till Tuesday.

In Kannur, 22-year-old Rithul drowned when he slipped and fell into a pond at Payyanuur, while two deaths were reported in Kozhikode and one from Kasaragod.

In Thrissur, 19-year-old Vishnu drowned in a river while having a bath at Mukundapuram taluk.

With the South-West monsoon gaining strength in the state since July 18, 10 deaths have been reported so far, Kerala State Disaster Management sources said.

Since the monsoon hit Kerala on June 8 after a week's delay, 20 rain related deaths have been reported from the southern state, sources said.

So far, 11 houses have been fully damaged and 102 partially in the state.