Rescue operations in full swing in Kerala, Karnataka

With the rains relenting after battering the Southern states over the past few days, rescue and relief works are on in full swing in flood-ravaged districts of Kerala and Karnataka, even as the combined toll rose to 131 on Monday.

In Kerala, authorities are scouring landslide-hit Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad districts, the worst hit, to trace over 50 people missing since August 8.

The state's northern districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode and Idukki in central Kerala were the worst hit in the torrential rains.

Malappuram was rocked by a series of landslips triggered by heavy rain since August 8 at Kavalappara and Kottakunnu in which 27 people have died. In neighbouring Wayanad, which was also rocked by a massive landslide at Puthumala, 12 people have lost their lives and seven are still missing.

With the recovery of more bodies, including 27 from Malappuram, 17 from Kozhikode and 12 from Wayanad since August 8, the toll has gone up to 83, authorities said on Monday.

Over 2.55 lakh people have sought refuge in 1,413 relief camps.

There is no 'red alert' for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday, but 'orange alert' has been issued for six districts.

(with news agency inputs)