The government of Kerala in an official statement on Friday evening has reported that the death toll due to the incessant rains witnessed in the state for the last three days has risen to 29.
Of the deaths, the government said 25 were caused due to soil erosion and four becauses of drowning.
As per the reports, two persons each have died from the districts of Palakkad and Ernakulam, 6 from Malappuram, 12 persons from Idukki, one person from Kozhikode, two persons from Kannur, and 4 persons from Wayanad.
As per the government’s statement over 53,500 people are living in the 439 relief camps opened across the state.
Earlier in July when rains lashed Alappuzha, people moved to the camps and are still reportedly living there.
In the 68 relief camps set up in Ernakulam district, around 9,476 people belonging to 2,795 families live there.
The district of Malappuram is reported to have around 1,050 persons living in 13 relief camps and in the 10 relief camps in Idukki, there are over 530 persons.
There are over 848 people living in 18 relief camps in Kozhikode, 539 people in 10 camps in Kannur, 1029 people in 13 camps in Thrissur, 7367 people in 113 camps in Wayanad.
The heavy rains have caused severe damages to several houses -- over 71 houses across the state have been partially damaged, while 29 houses have been destroyed completely.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, heavy rains are expected to continue till Monday.
A red alert has been issued in the Wayanad district till August 14 and in Idukki district, till August 13.
In the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, a red alert has been announced till August 11.