Inundated Kerala gets a break from rain

Toll touches 31; over 60,000 displaced
Despite a respite from rain and falling water levels in major dams, Kerala remained on alert on Saturday, with over 60,000 persons displaced in four districts. The Met Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts over the next three days, putting them on ‘red alert.’ The State government on Saturday put the death toll in the recent spell of rain at 31, with five persons said to be missing.
As many as 60,622 persons have been accommodated in 513 relief camps. Around 1,501 houses were partially damaged and another 101 destroyed. There was massive loss of crops and property, an official press note said. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced ex gratia of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of kin of those who had lost their lives in rain-related incidents.
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