Flood situation in Kerala worsens; death toll mounts to 67

The flood situation in Kerala further worsened with many areas inundated and flight operations suspended till Saturday at Kochi airport, as the toll rose to 67 with rain fury claiming 25 lives on Wednesday.

Officials said a red alert has been sounded in all the 14 districts of the state.

From Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south, all rivers are in spate and shutters of 35 dams, including Mullaperiyar, have been opened.

The toll in rain-related incidents since August 8 mounted to 67 with 25 deaths reported on Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Eleven deaths were reported from Malappuram alone, officials said.

Vijayan said the heavy rains would continue for some more days, which will further worsen the situation.

More than 1.5 lakh people have been lodged in relief camps across the state, he said.