Kerala rains LIVE Updates: Death toll touches 26; Army, Coast Guard pressed into action

Kerala rains LIVE UPDATES: A vigorous southwest monsoon has left a trail of destruction across the southern state, killing at least 26 people over the last 48 hours.

Kerala rains LIVE Updates: At least 22 people were killed as heavy rains and landslides hit parts of the state on Thursday, officials said.

A vigorous southwest monsoon has left a trail of destruction across Kerala, killing at least 26 people over the last 48 hours.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the situation as “very grim”.

With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost their maximum capacity, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water. Heavy rains for the past two days and release of water from the Idamalayar dam yesterday, resulted into localised flooding in low-lying areas in the northern districts of Kerala.