The incessant rains in Kerala and landslides claimed nearly 29 lives and also left at least 54,000 people homeless. Dam reservoirs and rivers overflowed and sections of highways collapsed. Also, homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala.
On Friday, the officials opened all the five gates of the Idukki Reservoir were opened as the heavy downpour continued unabated.
Of the 29 dead people, 25 died in landslides and four in drowning. State officials said a total of 53,501 people are now housed in 439 relief camps across the state.
At least 60 tourists, including 20 foreigners, stranded at the Plum Judy resort at Munnar since Wednesday were rescued and taken to safer places, state Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran said.
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