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Weather Update: Kerala Braces for More Rain While Death Toll in Uttarakhand Rises to 52

Ayushi Raina
Ayushi Raina
People are shattered due to flood and landslides

Kerala Rain Updates: More rainfall is expected in Kerala from today, according to the IMD.  Heavy to extremely heavy rains may fall across the state's Western Ghat belt and eastern highlands.

With last week's devastating landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts in mind, the Kerala government has begun evacuating people in landslide-prone areas in the state's eastern hills for the first time, while district administrations have prepared fishermen with boats to evacuate people from low-lying areas.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged residents in river basins and hilly areas to be extra cautious. According to IMD data, the southern state received 135% more rain from October 1 to October 19. Several cases of landslides and other rain-related accidents were reported from Kerala's south-central districts during the heavy spell on October 16, when the IMD issued a Red alert signifying extremely heavy rainfall, resulting in at least 27 deaths. According to the season's rainfall statistics on the IMD website, the usual rainfall from October 1 to 19 was 192.7 mm, but the actual rainfall was 453.5 mm.

Meanwhile, the Navy and NDRF recovered more corpses from under the rubble at Koottickal in Kottayam district and Kokkayar in neighbouring Idukki district on Monday, bringing the death toll from the deadly landslides and flash floods to 27. Since October 12, the toll from rain-related events has risen to 38, according to the state disaster management authority.

According to the state government, 13 dead were found from the landslide-affected region of Plappally in Koottickal panchayat, while nine bodies were retrieved from Kokkayar.

Uttarakhand Weather Update:

Heavy rains and thunderstorms in Uttarakhand have wreaked havoc across the state, with the death toll increasing once more. According to reports, 52 people have died and 5 have gone missing as a result of rain-related accidents.

During the state's severe rainfall and landslides, seventeen people were injured. The Indian Army, NDRF, and local authorities are currently conducting rescue operations to ensure that no more casualties occur.

The rains made the Nainital district one of the worst-affected areas in Uttarakhand, resulting in about 28 deaths. The district was first shut off from the rest of the state due to landslides that blocked all of the roadways, but they are now being rebuilt as the situation improves.

Despite the fact that the death toll has risen substantially in the last two days, the IMD has said that the situation in Uttarakhand is on the mend, since rainfall would be drastically reduced for the rest of the week.

As the situation in Uttarakhand improves, the state government has issued the order to resume the Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Yatra for all pilgrims in the state.

The Badrinath pilgrimage is yet to commence since the Pipalkoti-Joshinath-Badrinath stretch of the national highway remains closed in many locations owing to a landslide.

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