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Monsoon weakens in Kerala; death toll rises to 111

Thiruvananthapuram: After a week-long fury that left a trail of devastation in the central and northern districts, the southwest monsoon weakened over Kerala by Friday, allowing the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to withdraw weather-related warnings for the first time in days.
No yellow, orange or red colour-coded alerts have been issued for any of the districts in the five-day update issued by the IMD on Friday evening.
The IMD has forecast light to moderate rainfall in the State till August 20.
The Statewide death toll, meanwhile, has risen to 111, with rescue teams recovering more bodies from the landslip-ravaged Kavalappara in Malappuram district. Thirty-one people are still missing in the State, including 23 at Kavalappara and seven in Meppadi, Wayanad, the site of the other major landslip. With the crisis dissipating, the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has scaled down its activity to near-normal levels.
The SEOC had been formally activated on August 8 with representatives assigned from the armed forces, NDRF, CRPF, Irrigation Department, Kerala Water Authority, Kerala State Electricity Board, Police, Fire and Rescue Services, and the Motor Vehicles Department.
The number of relief camps has come down to 891. The camps accommodate 46,450 families (1.47 lakh individuals).
Thrissur has the highest number of camps (193) followed by Kottayam (174), Wayanad (164) and Alappuzha (126).
According to the government, 1,116 houses have been destroyed in the rain havoc, with Wayanad alone reporting 535 destroyed houses.
A total of 11,935 houses have been damaged in the landslips and flooding, as per a Friday evening update.
Fishers warned
The IMD has warned fishermen to stay clear of southwest and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea till Sunday and southwest Arabian Sea on Monday and Tuesday due to the likelihood of strong winds with speeds touching 45-55 kmph blowing from a southwesterly direction.

 

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