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Kerala floods: 72 dead, 58 missing, over 2.5 lakh affected

Kerala floods: 72 dead, 58 missing, over 2.5 lakh affected

He gave this assurance even as the meteorological department gave a fresh red alert in Idukki, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts of more rains, while massive rescue operations are now on at Puthumala at Meppadi and Kavalapara near Malappuram where 46 bodies are feared trapped under the mud.

As many as 16 people, including four farmers, have been killed by lightning in five districts, including Purulia, East Midnapore and Hooghly, in West Bengal since Sunday.In Gujarat, the Indian Air Force rescued almost 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods due to heavy rainfall in Kutch district of Gujarat, officials said on Monday.

The death toll in the Kerala floods increased to 88 on Tuesday with an "extremely heavy rain" warning issued for three districts, even as the weather in deluge-hit Karnataka and Gujarat improved, allowing authorities to speed up rescue and relief operations.

In the worst-hit state of Kerala the death toll rose to 57 by late Saturday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted.

In Odisha, an elderly woman was killed and her daughter-in-law seriously injured when a wall of their house collapsed in Kalahandi district, as fresh rains lashed several parts of the state on August 12, with a threat of flood looming large, officials said.

At least 29 people have died in Malappuram since August 8 in heavy rains and landslides while 17 people have died in Kozhikode district and 12 in Wayanad.

In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district.

Concluding his two-day visit, Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi said, "We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people". As many as 1,332 relief camps are now operational in the state.

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This year, incessant rain has forced over 2.80 lakh people to move into 1,654 relief camps set up across the state.

The recent floods in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala have already claimed 147 lives, and over a million people might turn homeless.

"There are several people who have completely lost their houses and properties and suffered crop loss". 226 boats and 105 rescue teams have been deployed in relief and rescue operations.

Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district. He also requested the Centre to release Rs 10,000 crore immediately. "The home minister in his aerial survey of flood-hit areas chose to go only to BJP ruled states of Maharashtra & Karnataka".

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Over 2.5 people across 14 districts affected from heavy downpour while 32 people sustained injuries due to flood-related incidents.

The water level is significantly going down in Maharashtra, said the government.