Flood death toll climbs to 227 in India

A scene from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district

An "orange" weather warning means people should "be prepared" and there is an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, which may disrupt road and air travel and threaten life and property.

At least 93 people have been killed and more than 400,000 displaced in floods and mudslides following days of torrential rains in southern India.

That was an increase from 42 deaths reported since August 8.

In 185 camps in Malappuram, 45,377 people have been sheltered, the update stated.

Malappuram remained the most affected district where 23 people have lost their lives while 50 were still missing till Sunday evening.

"Nearly three lakh people have been evacuated and housed in 1,639 relief camps across the State".

In Maharashtra, the death toll increased to 43 on Monday and as on Sunday almost 4.48 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods. There is a tremendous tragedy in Wayanad. From Kerala to Karnataka and from Gujarat to Maharashtra, nature has created a furore.

In neighboring Karnataka, at least 48 people have died, with 12 still missing, according to the news outlet. He also tweeted that he had visited the epicentre of Puthumala landslide at Meppadi in Wayanad.

As many as 59 people - 51 from Malappuram and 7 from Wayanad and 1 from Kottayam - are still missing, it added. Steps should be taken to restore power supply and drinking water distribution in rain-hit areas, he said.

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They were shifted to 372 temporary camps and shelters.

The six people suffocated to death, the centre said.

Vijayan will visit Malappuram and Wayanad districts on Tuesday.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the situation in the state was very bad. Another 31 deaths were reported in Gujarat state also hit by the monsoon and the landslides. "It appears that he deliberately skipped the survey of the badly affected Kerala", it alleged in a statement.

"Starting tomorrow, rains will be heavy in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki till Wednesday, while on Thursday it's going to be isolated rains", said an IMD official. "The water has started receding in many flood-affected districts and flood situation has improved", it said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a "cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers" for the next five days in the state.

The state emergency operation centre in Dehradun said the debris of landslides fell on three houses in Banjabgad, Aligaon and Lankhi villages in the district's Ghat area trapping occupants.

Rahul Gandhi arrived in the constituency on Sunday, and has been visiting relief camps here since Monday morning. Hence, it was just the routine morning prayers for them.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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