At Least 10 People Dead, 18 Missing in India's Kerala Due to Bad Weather - Reports
20:59 GMT 16.10.2021 (Updated: 03:55 GMT 17.10.2021)
© AP Photo / Bikas DasA bird flies past coconut trees under the inclement weather due to Cyclone Yaas in Kolkata, India,
© AP Photo / Bikas Das
NEW DELHI, October 16 (Sputnik) - At least 10 people have died and 18 others are missing as a result of landslides and flooding caused by rainstorms in the Indian state of Kerala, national media reported on Saturday, citing the local authorities.
Heavy downpours have been ongoing across the state since Friday night, filling many dams in the vicinity to the brim. Some areas are expected to witness high velocity winds, with weather experts believing Saturday night is crucial for the state, the Hindustan Times reported.
The state government is now seeking the help of the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy for rescue and relief operations, as well as closely monitoring the water level in all dams.
The Kerala government has also decided to stop the ongoing pilgrimage to the Sabarimala hill temple due to bad weather, the newspaper said, adding that all colleges and higher education facilities in Kerala will only open their doors on Wednesday.
At least 5,000 families have been transported to relief camps across the state.