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Photos: Rain pounds Kerala, Met issues Code Red

Photos: Rain pounds Kerala, Met issues Code Red

Members of a rescue team row a boat towards a submerged temple to look for a man believed to be stranded inside the temple during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi. Indian Meteorological Department has predicted widespread heavy rainfall in the state of Kerala for the next three days. 25 people have died so far. Overflowing rivers and dams flooded several districts amid heavy rains, forcing authorities to move 800 families to safer places. (Sivaram V / REUTERS)

Members of a rescue team wade through a water-logged area during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi. Strong winds gusting up to 40-50 kmph, are likely to prevail over the Arabian Sea and along and off the West Coast and the Indian Meteorological Department has advised fishermen not to venture into these areas. (Sivaram V / REUTERS)

An orange alert was issued for Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. Orange alert was also issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kasargod districts for Thursday. All schools and colleges in Malappuram and Wayanad districts will remain closed. (ANI)

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescue marooned residents on the submerged areas at Nilambur and Perinthalmanna of Malappuram district. (ANI)

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought Army and Air Force help as weathermen predicted more rains in the next two days. In worst-hit Kerala district Wayanad, which is also Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency, many areas still remain cut off with roads caving in and several people are feared trapped in a massive landslide in Meppady.There has been 260 mm of rain in Wayanad so far. (ANI)

A truck is stuck under a fallen tree amid heavy rain in Cheruthoni. The Cochin International Airport, where flight operations were suspended till midnight Friday after floodwaters inundated the apron area (parking), will remain closed till 3 pm on Sunday. However, the CM Vijayan said that Kochi naval base can be used as temporary airport and the talks with the navy are on. (ANI)

People ride on boats at Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple, in Kannur district. Of the 44 rivers in the state more than half are in spate and many dams are filled to the brim. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated to safer places as overflowing rivers and swollen dams flooded several districts amid heavy rains. (HT Photo)

People move on a makeshift boat with car tyres on the submerged street at Nilambur. The respite is not in sight yet, as the Met Office issued a red code warning early today for the states along the western coast. (ANI)

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