India death toll rises to 144 as floods cut off roads

Heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast for Wayanad district over the next two days

Heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast for Wayanad district over the next two days

Kochi, in Ernakulam, was partly flooded while the water level in the Kuttanad backwaters in Alappuzha breached the banks, swamping several villages in a repeat of last year's floods that killed 480 people. "This is the site of a awful landslide that destroyed an entire village, many people are still feared to be trapped & rescue work is ongoing", he said. Muslims comprise 88.73 lakh of Kerala's 3.34 crore population and a large number of them live in districts like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode, areas worst affected by the rain.

Rahul Gandhi and Congress leaders also distributed relief material to the people at a relief camp in Wayanad's Kaithapoyil. In Pathanamthitta, only institutions which are functioning as relief camps will remain shut on Wednesday. The Kerala University has postponed all examinations scheduled on Wednesday.

As many as nine people were killed in landslides in Uttarakhand and Jammu following heavy rains.

Meteorologists have said torrential rains are still likely to hit Kerala over the next two days, India Today reported. He also visited relief camps at Meppadi in Wayanad.

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"An Appeal My Parliamentary Constituency, Wayanad, has been devastated by floods with thousands left homeless and shifted to relief camps". "The Pune-Bengaluru National Highway-4 in Kolhapur's Shiroli area was closed for traffic movement following waterlogging on the route due to continuous rain in the region", informed Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

"Our preliminary estimate of losses is Rs 10,000 crore, but I personally believe that the losses will stand between Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore", he said.

The Centre's financial aid was announced by Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan. Upper Krishna catchment area received light to moderate rains and isolated places heavy rains, rainfall has significantly reduced.

As the rains receded, rescue operations in affected areas have become smooth, he said, adding that the next major rescue task was to evacuate people from mudslide-prone areas. Over 60,000 people, went back to their homes.

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While Kerala and Karnataka were considered the worst hit this year, flooding and landslides also ravaged several other states.

Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar told reporters that 1,070 soldiers of various agencies were carrying out rescue and relief operations with and had deployed 164 boats.

Rains have intensified in central and southern districts on Tuesday with Kollam, Thrissur and Ernakulam with one death reported each from Alappuzha and Thrissur districts on Tuesday.

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