Death toll rises to 92, about 59 are still missing in Kerala

A view of a flood-affected region in Malappuram district Kerala on August 11. According to reports death toll in Kerala has mounted to 72. The situation remained grim in Karnataka Maharashtra and Gujarat where 97 people have lost their lives so far. (I

Floods kill 140 in Maharashtra, Kerala, and Karnataka — and there is no end in sight

There is no "red alert" of torrential rains for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday, but "orange alert" has been issued for six districts. In neighbouring Wayanad, which was also rocked by a massive landslide at Puthumala, 12 people have lost their lives and seven are still missing. The toll is expected to go up as 50 people are still missing in Malappuram.

As many as 59 people - 51 from Malappuram and 7 from Wayanad and 1 from Kottayam - are still missing, it added.

Incessant rains that triggered flooding has claimed 72 lives across the state, according to a data of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA).

Rescue operations in Maharashtra's flood-hit Kolhapur and Sangli districts are over, officials said, adding that with waters receding, the focus is now more on providing essential supplies to the affected people.

Concluding his two-day visit, Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi said, "We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people".

The death toll in Kerala, the worst affected state in the south, rose to 88, while in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, 122 people have lost their lives so far due to monsoon fury.

In Karnataka, where the water has begun to recede from many flood-affected areas due to a let up in rains, the death toll stood at 48 on Monday, even as the flood waters of the Tungabadra river entered the ground level of the UNESCO world heritage site in Hampi.

Over 2.55 lakh people have sought refuge in 1,413 relief camps.

Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed almost 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue. Malappuram district with over 54,000 people has the largest number of people living in makeshift camps. From Kerala to Karnataka and from Gujarat to Maharashtra, nature has created a furore.

According to government estimates, 80 taluks spread across 17 districts are now affected.

At the camps, he interacted with the people, asked them about their loss and the things they need.

IMD has predicted "heavy rainfall" at isolated parts over Kerala from August 12 till August 16. The flood affected Shoranur-Kozhikode section has been fully restored and up and down lines have been made fit for train operation, Railways said.

The chief minister has also announced Rs 1 lakh to those whose houses have been damaged, to take up fix work, and Rs 5,000 monthly to those staying in rental accommodation till their houses are ready.

Holiday has been declared for educational institutions in five districts - Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram - on Tuesday and various university examinations have been postponed, authorities said.

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