The Indian Meteorological Department on Monday said that states including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu (ghat areas primarily), Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh will receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. Floods have already brought Kerala to a standstill, claimed 40 lives, damaged homes.
As the death toll in Kerala rains increased to 26, CM Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting to discuss the very grim situation. Shutters of 22 dams have been opened to drain excess water, leading to flood alert in several low-lying areas. The army and NDRF continued rescue operations.