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India: Deadly monsoon rains in Kerala state June 13-14

Heavy monsoon rains kill four in Kerala state June 13-14; landslides and flooding reported

14 Jun 09:28 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/14/2018, 12:00 AM until 6/15/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Kerala
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Event

Heavy monsoon rains stuck Kozhikode district (Kerala state) on the evening (local time) of Wednesday, June 13, and the morning of Thursday, June 14. Flooding and landslides left at least four people dead and at least 13 others missing in Chamal, Kakkayam, Karinchola, Kattipparan, and Pulluramppara. Additionally, traffic on roads and highways in the area has been impacted by fallen trees, notably along the Thamarasseru Ghat Road.

Further rainfall and consequent flooding, landslides, and transportation disruptions are possible in affected areas in the coming days and weeks as the monsoon season continues.

Context

India's monsoon season generally runs from June through September. The current season is expected to bring normal levels of rainfall, with a 20 percent chance of above-average or below-average precipitation.

Advice

Individuals in the abovementioned areas are advised to monitor developments to weather forecasts as monsoon season gets underway. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

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