Meanwhile, the search operations for people reported missing after the massive landslides in Kavalappara and Puthumala continue.

Kerala floods Death toll rises to 113 nearly 13 lakh people still in relief camps
news Kerala Floods Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 14:48

The death toll in the flood related calamities in the state has risen to 113, as per the latest figures on Saturday morning.

Among these, the highest number of deaths has been reported from Malappuram at 50. As many as 17 people died in Kozhikode, 12 in Wayanad and nine each in Kannur and Thrissur. 

Six people died in Alappuzha, five in Idukki, two each in Kottayam and Kasaragod. As many as 1,29,517 people from 41,253 families continue to live in 805 relief camps functioning across the state. 

A total of 1,186 houses are fully damaged while 12,761 are partially destroyed. 

Landslides caused most of the casualties this time.

Search operations continue

In Kavalappara in Malappuram and Meppadi, Puthumala in Wayanad, the two places where massive landslides occurred, search operations have been resumed with GPS. 

Two dead bodies were recovered from Kavalappara on Friday while more than 25 people are still missing. An area of 100 acres was swept away in the region due to landslides. 

Reacting to the rumours that search operations in these areas have been stopped, Transport Minister AK Saseendran said that the operations will continue with GPS.

The operations are being carried out mainly with soil-lifting JCB machines. 

The government so far has not come out with a plan to rehabilitate people whose houses have been fully destroyed. 

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