Kerala rains: Over 34,000 people housed in relief camps

(Photo: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

Heavy rains across the south Indian state of Kerala has resulted in nearly 34,000 people being shifted to relief camps after flood water inundated low-lying areas.

At least 12 people have died and six were said to be missing due to heavy rains that have lashed across the state in the past one week.

According to a PTI report, a total of 34,693 people from 8,033 families were shifted to 265 relief camps across the state. Around 36 houses were completely destroyed and 1,214 suffered partial damages, officials told the news agency.

Coastal areas are on high alert and fishermen have been asked to avoid venturing into rough seas.

Schools and colleges in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur were closed on Monday and Tuesday after heavy rains disrupted rail and road traffic due to extreme waterlogging.