As heavy rains continue to lash several parts of Kerala, six people including three children died on Sunday in rain related calamities.
In Wayanad, two children Mohammed Shahil (7) and Sana Fatima (8) drowned in a pond. The drowning happened at Cheeral, on the border of Idukki district. Their bodies are being kept in a private hospital at Sultan Bathery in Wayanad.
At Pallippuram, Cherthala in Alappuzha, Vinu, a 42-year old man drowned while taking a bath in a lake. Another drowning has also been reported from Chengannur in Alappuzha. The deceased has been identified as 41-year old Suresh Kumar, who drowned while fishing in Achankovil river.
At Adimali in Idukki, a person named Biju was electrocuted. At Mallappally in Pathanamthitta, eight-year-old Akshay died after a tree fell on him.
The death toll owing to rains in the state has risen to 16, although as per the official figures it is only 13.
On Saturday, six deaths were reported from various parts of the state.
A two-month-old baby, however, had a miraculous escape. The baby was in his cradle that was hung on an iron rod attached to the roof. Strong winds, however, blew away the roof and the cradle the baby was in. The cradle, however, wedged itself on to a coconut tree, adjacent to the house. The baby suffered no injuries.
On Sunday Idukki, the hilly district, witnessed heavy rain. Although casualties have been reported from other districts as well, the rainfall was comparatively less in southern districts.
Kerala received the first showers of the Southwest monsoon during the last week of May.