THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Torrential rains continued to batter various parts of Kerala on Friday as the toll in monsoon related incidents, including landslides, in the last three days mounted to 22 with over 22,000 people being shifted to relief centres, officials said. A year after Kerala was devastated by the deadliest monsoon that led to the worst deluge in a century, the state was again at the receiving end of the nature’s fury, prompting the government to seek the help of the Army and the Air Force. Train services were also affected in some places as heavy rains triggered landslides while overflowing rivers caused flooding in several parts with the worst affected being hilly Wayanad, Malappuram, Kannur and Idukki in north and central Kerala. Flight operations at the Kochi airport were suspended till Sunday due to inundation, bringing back memories of August last year when it was shut down for a fortnight following floods. A red alert for rainfall has been issued in nine of the 14 districts in the state and all educational institutions, including professional colleges, will remain closed till Saturday. Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, who chaired a high-level meeting here on Friday morning to review the situation, told reporters… Read full this story
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