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The death toll from floods in India's states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra rose to 95, official figures showed on Saturday, as heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate their homes. "It is not yet clear how many people were affected in the landslip".

Eleven people have so far lost their lives in the hilly district of Wayanad in the monsoon fury, where many are feared missing in a landslide.

He said migrant labourers working at the tea estate were safe. Rescue operations in both districts have been hit due to bad weather, officials said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assessed the relief and rescue operations in the state.

Kerala was hit by devastating floods last August that killed more than 200 people and affected more than five million.

On the Thursday evening major landslide in Meppadi in Wayanad, officials said they suspected almost 70 houses could have been damaged.

Over 300,000 people have been evacuated or rescued across the three states.

Search operations are also on at Kavalapara in Malappuram where a massive landslide occurred. Three bodies, including that of a four-year-old girl, were recovered. There was no other way to cross the river which was flowing furiously and the water level was increasing rapidly. Around 15 relief camps have been opened at Thiruvalla in the district. Red alert has been issued for nine districts in the state. Buses to Ottapalam also resumed operations.

AM: Traffic movement, through Pattambi bridge, stops as the bridge is flooded. The move will help bring down the water level in Sangli. However, as the Shanthitheeram remained submerged, relatives of the deceased found it hard to perform the last rites. The state may open Banasura Sagar dam, the largest earthen dam in India situated in the district on Saturday. All precautions have been taken.

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A total of 1,32,360 people from 28,397 families have been evacuated from these districts, it stated.

Kottathara, Padinjaarathara and Panamaram gram panchayats are likely to be affected by the water release from the dam.

Torrential monsoon rains, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, caused a major landslide and flooding that has cut off some areas, forcing the evacuation of more than 22,000 people, authorities said on Friday.

Sangli: The flood situation due to heavy rains has worsened in western Maharashtra's Sangli with water entering the district prison, forcing authorities to shift prisoners to its upper floor, an official said on today. Six out of the eight stranded aircraft also departed.

The western Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka have also been hit this week by heavy rains and flooding. A Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) spokesman said the runway area of the airport is water logged due to the flood.

The KannurThiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi Express has been cancelled between Kannur and Shoranur.

The region is being pummeled by rain over the last few days, and major rivers, including the Krishna and Panchaganga, are in spate. Both the Marxist Communist Party (CPM)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) have been bending the rules to benefit the encroachers.

CM said at most places, water level has gone higher than the floods of past year. During the same period a year ago, the storage in the dam was 98 per cent. Pampa dam has filled only up to 60 per cent of its capacity.

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