Death toll rises to 92 in rain-battered Kerala

More heavy rainfall forecast for 48 hours

the death toll rises to 92 in rain-damaged Kerala on Tuesday, even as the southwestern monsoon repeatedly exposed signs of increasing over Kerala, sparking fears of fresh flooding.

The India Meteorology Department (IMD) has announced a considerable rain warning for eight areas for Wed. According to a bulletin declared by the weather office on Tuesday evening, the low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal is likely to grow more marked during the next 48 hours, triggering extensive rainfall with hidden heavy to weighty rain and heavy falls at some places in Kerala.

A red alert showing the likelihood of weighty rain (above 204.4 mm) has been declared for Kozhikode and Malappuramwhile an orange alert intimating separated heavy to weighty rain (64.5 to 204.4 mm) is in position for Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Wed.

Strong winds likely

Strong winds and choppy seas are also expected on and off the coast of Kerala and Karnataka and the Lakshadweep areas till Thursday. Fishers are warned not to try into the sea.

Death toll rises to 92 in rain-damaged Kerala By Tue evening, 2,24,506 persons were changed from flood-hit places to 1,243 relief camps across the State.

As many as 1,057 houses were damaged and 11,142 damaged. According to official figures, 34 persons were destroyed, and 61 reported missing in various conflicts as on Tuesday.

CM revisits sites

CM. Pinarayi Vijayan and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan, attended by senior officials, visited the flood-ravaged areas in Wayanad and Malappuram. The team, including, State Police Chief Loknath Behera and Principal Secretary (Revenue), Chief Secretary Tom Jose, Additional Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta, V. Venu made an elevated survey of the concerned areas.

Mr Vijayan also revisited various relief camps in Wayanad and Malappuram areas and studied the relief operations.

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