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23 Jan 2019, 21:58 HRS IST
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22:12 HRS IST

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 13 (PTI) Incessant rains lashing several parts of Kerala claimed two more lives on Wednesday, taking the toll in rain related incidents to 23, since the onset of the south west monsoon last month, officials said.

Two men-- a 82-year old and a 20-year old -- drowned in flooded rivers in Pathanamthitta today.

A total of 272 houses were partially damaged, while eight were fully damaged across Kerala in the rains,officials at the State Control room for Diaster management here said.

Land slips and damage to roads were reported from Idukki, Waynad, Kozhikode districts.

Officials have asked people to avoid travel during night in the hilly areas of Idukki district.

The Bharathapuzha, one of the major rivers in the state, was in spate, as also the Bhavni and Siruvani in Palakkad district, the officials said.

The Idukki and Mullaperiyar reservoirs received good inflows as the catchment areas have been receiving heavy rains for the past four days.

The water level in Idukki dam touched 2,324.50 feet, nearly half its capacity, while that in Mullaperiyar stood at 117 feet.

Shutters of major resorvoirs in Idukki district were opened after the water level crossed the maxmimum limit.

A couple trapped in the flood waters of the Bhavni river in Attapady were rescued by fire force and police personnel.

A Kozhikode report said heavy rains washed away a bridge connecting Kerala and Karnataka, affecting traffic.

Kannur District Collector Mir Muhammed Ali said more than 100 trees were uprooted at various places on the inter-state road.

A team of 60 army personnel under the supervision of the Sub-Collector were engaged in road clearing work, he said, adding, that movement of vehicles would be allowed only after they certify it fit for use.

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