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Kerala rains: Death toll reaches 76, Rahul Gandhi helps the distressed

Kerala rains: Death toll reaches 76, Rahul Gandhi helps the distressed

Muslims comprise 88.73 lakh of Kerala's 3.34 crore population and a large number of them live in districts like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode, areas worst affected by the rain.

At Puthumala in Wayanad, where seven people are still missing, Tuesday's search yielded no results. The toll is expected to go up as 50 people are still missing in Malappuram. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited the landslide-hit areas of Malappuram and Wayanad on Tuesday.

"The state government will do everything possible to give maximum help and support to all, so that they come back to normal life very quickly".

Floods also hit Maharashtra state where at least 40 deaths were reported, while an estimated 400,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

In Karnataka, where the water has begun to recede from many flood-affected areas due to a let up in rains, the death toll stood at 48 on Monday, even as the flood waters of the Tungabadra river entered the ground level of the UNESCO world heritage site in Hampi.

Rahul Gandhi arrived in the constituency on Sunday, and has been visiting relief camps here since Monday morning.

In low lying areas in Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts, which witnessed the worst ever floods past year and more heavy rains predicted in the coming two days, authorities have given directions to hundreds of people to vacate their homes and get to the nearest relief camps.

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Taking to Facebook, Gandhi appealed people to donate water bottles, sleeping mats, blankets, sanitary napkins, biscuits, rice, sugar, vegetables at different collection centres in Malappuram district. As per official data, 2738 villages across 17 districts and 86 Taluks have been affected. This is not only a Wayanad issue, this is a Kerala issue, this is a Karnataka issue.

Rainfall was recorded in parts Bihar and Jharkhand in the east and also in areas of northeast India, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

At least six people died in Chamoli district on Monday in landslides triggered by heavy rain.

In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa that said the government would provide a compensation of ₹500,000 to families of the deceased.

Holiday has been declared for educational institutions in five districts- Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram- on Tuesday and various university examinations have been postponed, authorities said.