Bengaluru: Death toll in flood-hit Kerala has hit 121 so far, the state’s disaster management cell said on Monday. Though rainfall activity eased over the weekend, it has led to massive destruction. The government is still assessing the damage from the rains, which led to floods and landslides in the state still recovering from last year’s devastating floods which killed about 400 people and damaged ₹35,000 crore worth of properties.
According to the disaster management cell, the northern district of Malappuram has so far been the worst hit this monsoon season, with 58 people dead and 13 missing. Dozens of families and their livelihoods were swept away when a landslide hit Malappuram’s Kavalappara region following heavy rains. Six bodies were recovered from the site, one from just a kilometer away from the landslide’s origin.
The Kerala government has pressed a ground-penetrating radar system from Hyderabad’s National Geophysical Research Institute into service to search for missing people at the site.
The floods have destroyed 1,789 houses, with another 14,542 having suffered partial damages. Rebuilding efforts have started, with the state having announced a compensation package of ₹4 lakh for all deceased and ₹10,000 immediate assistance to about 3 lakh people, about 1% of the state’s total population of 33 million, who were displaced.