The heavy downpour in the states of Kerala and Karnataka has claimed the life of over 40 citizens, while more than 22,000 in Kerala and 45,000 people in Karnataka have been relocated so far.

The water level in Periyar River, Kerala has been rising and a red alert has been issued in several districts in Kerala which includes Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. The Cochin International Airport has been temporarily shut down until further notice.

The heavy downpour has also caused a landslide in Wayanad, Kerala - the first landslide in this area in over 20 years.

Besides Karnataka and Kerala, the states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have also effected with flood where 42 lakh people in Maharashtra and 20,000 in Andhra Pradesh have been evacuated so far.

The rescue and relief operations in these flood-affected areas are in full swing as the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) has deployed their teams to assist the people.

Source: NDTV & News18