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Heavy rain kills 22 in Kerala, Red alert issued for Idukki Reservoir

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Thiruvananthapuram: At least 22 people have been killed in landslides in Kerala due to heavy rain across the state.

According to officials, death of 11 people were reported in Idukki district, six in Malappuram, two in Kozhikode and one in Wayanad due to the heavy rain. Several people have also been reported missing in Palakkad, Wayanad and Kozhikode.

Five members of a family lost their lives in Idukki’s Adimali town while locals and police managed to pull out two people alive from the debris.

All arrivals at the Kochi airport has been suspended both at the international and domestic terminals from this afternoon fearing flooding of the runway, airport officials said. Besides, all incoming flights had been diverted to other destinations.

Meanwhile, a red alert has been sounded for the Idukki reservoir on the Periyar river as the water level by 4 PM had reached a height of 2,399.56 feet, which is close to the full capacity at 2,403 feet.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been roped in for the rescue operation. Relief camps also have been opened in different places to shelter the people.

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