Monsoon claims 23 lives in Kerala

Heavy rains lashing many parts of Kerala have claimed 23 lives since the onset of south-west monsoon on May 27, besides causing large-scale loss to crop and property, officials said Monday.

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2011, 14:45 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains lashing
many parts of Kerala have claimed 23 lives since the onset of south-west monsoon on May 27, besides causing large-scale loss
to crop and property, officials said Monday.

Most casualties, mainly due to drowning in swelling rivers and flash floods, were reported from Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.
With water level increasing at Kuttanad, the state`s
rice bowl, in Alappuzha district in central Kerala, many low
laying places were now under threat of flood, they said.

Water has also entered some houses in low lying areas.
Vehicular traffic in Alappuzha and Changanassery road has been
affected as water has entered a few places.
As per preliminary report, 55 houses have been damaged
in rain related incidents.Crop loss in the state, mainly in
Kuttanand, was estimated to be Rs.5.53 crore. Crops in 544
hectares were now under water, the officials said.
To help the affected people, district authorities have
opened 13 and 16 relief camps in Alappuzha and Kottayam
districts respectively. More than 4600 people from 434
families have been accommodated in these camps.

PTI