Thiruvananthapuram, June 15: Amid heavy rains and landslides the southern state of Kerala is batting with, one more body was recovered late on Thursday by the rescue team in Kozhikode, news agency ANI reported. Rescue operations in the city are underway. Heavy rain and landslides have almost fully consumed the Kozhikode district with extensive damage to lives and properties.
Yesterday, three people died and eight people were feared trapped in a landslide due to heavy rainfall, in Kozhikode’s Kattipara in Kerala. The city also saw massive flooding following incessant rain. Four houses got washed away in the landslides. With heavy rains lashing the state, waterlogging was also witnessed in several parts of Kozhikode.
Earlier on Thursday, the strong wind which hit parts of the state led to falling of trees and electric poles at several locations causing traffic issues and 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 had risen 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.