Thiruvananthapuram: Ten people have lost their lives and several others are reported missing as incessant rain continues to batter Kerala from Sunday.
On Tuesday morning, the body of a two-and-a-half-year-old child was found around 200 metres from the house in Kannur, where three more deaths have been reported.
The State Disaster Management Authority has classified four districts — Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta and Kasargode under Orange alert, while the remaining ten districts of the state are under red alert.
Rain has shifted from southern to northern districts as Tuesday saw central and northern districts getting heavy rain. Educational institutions in several districts have been given a holiday on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said the rule curve at all the dams is under constant monitoring, and the authorities concerned will be taking the appropriate decisions, and at the moment, things are under control.
State Revenue Minister K. Rajan said control rooms at all the district headquarters of the state are functioning. Across the state, 35 relief camps have been opened, and the hilly district of Idukki has the maximum camps.
UAE issues advisory
The UAE Embassy in New Delhi has issued a travel advisory to its citizens who are either in Kerala to exercise extreme caution in the light of heavy rains and possibility of landslips in various areas in the state.
The embassy urged all UAE citizens to follow safety instructions issued by the Indian authorities.
The authority also urged citizens to register via the Twajudi service, and to contact the embassy in case of an emergency on 0097180024 or 0097180044444.