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Kerala Floods: IMD says no heavy rain for next 5 days

Aug 20, 2018 10:39 IST
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Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted that Kerala will not experience heavy rains for the next 5 days. Since August 8- the start of an unusually heavy bout of monsoon rains that led to what has been described as Kerala’s worst flooding in nearly a century- some 239 people have died and more than 700,000 people were taken to relief camps, according to figures released by the state government on Sunday. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said much of the rescue operation was likely to be completed by end of Sunday, but “it will continue till the last person is rescued.” The CM added that there were 13 new deaths and some 22,000 people rescued since morning. At Chengannur in Alapuzha district, at least 5,000 are stranded, according to revenue officials quoted by PTI. (HT Correspondent)