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Kerala floods 2019 highlights: Death toll rises to 72, many displaced

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Kerala Flood 2019 highlights: Even as the continuous rain, that was going on Kerala for the last couple of days, stopped in Sunday, the death toll in the state crossed 70. Many people in the affected areas have also been taken to relief camps.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting with senior officials in the morning to review the flood situation. Speaking to reporters he said that the death toll in the state since August 8 has reached 60. He added that over two lakh people have been shifted to 1,551 relief camps.

Speaking further, the CM said that even as the rains subsided in Kerala, people must remain vigilant.

In the mean, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for rains for three districts of the state which are Kasaragod, Kannur and Wayanad.

Kozhikode's Vadakara has recorded 21 cm of rainfall, the highest in Karnataka as of 8.30 AM Sunday. It was followed by Kodungallur in Thrissur (19.9) and Perinthalmanna in Malappuram (13.8), the department said further.

The CM further said the water level in the major dams in the state was not a cause of concern. The Idukki Dam, one of the biggest in the state, currently has only 36.61 per cent of its capacity, he further said.