Pangs of climate change,death toll rises to 95 in torrential rains, floods in Kerala; 59 still missing

Samikhsya Bureau

If indications are anything to go by, as have manifested themselves in India and outside, the claws of climate change can hardly be ignored. Whether it is Karnataka, Kerala or Odisha, through its truant acts the nature has clearly shown indications about the worse to come in the years.

The death toll in torrential rains, flood and landslides rose to 95 in Kerala even as 59 people are still missing in various districts in the State since Thursday last.

Official sources on Wednesday said as many as 1,89,567 people from 58,107 families were staying in 1,118 relief camps spread across in several districts. However, several people returned to their homes after water receded at their places.

The sources said 4 people died in Alappuzha district, 2 each in Kottayam and Kasaragod districts, 5 in Idukki, 8 in Thrissur, 35 in Malappuram, 17 in Kozhikode, 12 in Wayanad, 1 in Palakkad and 9 in Kannur districts till this morning.

As many as 59 people — 51 from Malappuram and 7 from Wayanad and 1 from Kottayam — are still missing, the sources added.

Kerala so far remains one of the worst hit by the ongoing floods triggered by torrential rains lashing many parts of the country. Now, many parts in the disaster prone state, Odisha are already facing the threats from floods after the recent rains.