Watch: Massive floods cause havoc in Kerala, 5 dead, several trapped

At five persons were dead and several trapped in their homes and landslides as floods caused due to incessant rains caused havoc in the southern state of Kerala. 

Watch: Massive floods cause havoc in Kerala, 5 dead, several trapped
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Kozikhode: At five persons were dead and several trapped in their homes and landslides as floods caused due to incessant rains caused havoc in the southern state of Kerala. 

Two persons died after drowned in flooded rivers in Pathanamthitta on Wednesday.

Another three persons died on Thursday morning in a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Kozhikode's Kattipara. Eight more persons are reportedly trapped in the landslide. Search and rescue operation are currently underway, with the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directing chief secretary and district collectors to take immediate action.

Incessant rains have been lashing at several parts across Kerala since the onset of the south west monsoon last month, officials said today.

A total of 272 houses were partially damaged, while eight were fully damaged across Kerala in the rains, officials at the State Control room for Diaster management said.

Land slips and damage to roads were reported from Idukki, Waynad, Kozhikode districts. Officials have asked people to avoid travel during night in the hilly areas of Idukki district.

The Bharathapuzha, one of the major rivers in the state, was in spate, as also the Bhavni and Siruvani in Palakkad district, the officials said. The Idukki and Mullaperiyar reservoirs received good inflows as the catchment areas have been receiving heavy rains for the past four days. The water level in Idukki dam touched 2,324.50 feet, nearly half its capacity, while that in Mullaperiyar stood at 117 feet. Shutters of major resorvoirs in Idukki district were opened after the water level crossed the maxmimum limit. 

With agency inputs

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