Heavy rains in Kerala Highlights: Over 22,000 people have been shifted to relief camps in Kerala where rains have disrupted the normal life. In Wayanad, the NDRF teams have rescued 60 people following a massive landslide on Thursday, news agency ANI reported. Bodies of six people have been recovered so far. Meanwhile, the IMD has issued red alert for nine districts - Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod districts.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday night chaired a high-level meeting with government and state Disaster Management Authority officials to review the situation. The meeting was held after a major landslide hit the Meppadi area of Wayanad, the parliamentary constituency of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Kalpeta MLA CK Saseendran said the landslide site was inaccessible due to cave-ins along the road. A temple, a church, a few houses and some vehicles have been buried under the mud.
Chief Minister Vijayan urged people living on low-lying areas to move to relief camps and follow the government instructions. The state is receiving heavy to very rainfall for the last few days. The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state for the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, four members of a family were killed at Edavanna in Malappuram district when their house collapsed on Friday, taking the rain-related death toll to 12.