Kerala, June 14: A nine-year-old girl was killed and about 10 people are suspected to be missing due to heavy rain in Kozhikode and Kannur, news agency ANI reported. Landslides were also reported from Kozhikode. Heavy rain and landslides have almost fully consumed the Kozhikode district with extensive damage to lives and properties. The death toll has gone up to three and nine people have been missing. Four houses have washed away in the landslides.
Currently, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Management (SDM) teams are present in Kozhikode to look into the matter. With heavy rains lashing the southern state of Kerala, water logging was witnessed in several parts of Kozhikode.
Earlier on Saturday, the strong wind which hit parts of the state led to falling of trees and electric poles at several locations causing traffic or blockade of roads. The rain also caused major damage to crops and property in Idukki, Kozhikode, and Kannur districts.
On June 11, the death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rose to 13 after heavy rains claimed four more lives. Several parts of the state have been witnessing heavy rainfall since the onset of monsoon. The four deaths were reported from Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts.
Most of the deaths in Kerala happened due to drowning in swollen rivers and after trees fell on them. In the state capital, a man was electrocuted to death when he came in contact with a power line that snapped in gusty winds at nearby Neyyatinkara, while another died in a tree fall.