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According to Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, at least 19 people have died in the heavy rains and flooding in the state since July 31.

Thiruvanathapuram: After days of incessant rains, the southern districts in Kerala on Friday got some respite as rains subsided while the Met department has issued an Orange alert to eight districts in the northern part of Kerala for the day. The IMD has issued an Orange alert indicating isolated heavy rainfall for Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala.

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Meanwhile, amid heavy rainfall, the state government issued a warning against the spread of various contagious diseases including air and water-borne, zoonotic and vector-borne infections and issued directives to be followed to prevent it. The health department said that rat fever, dengue, diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice and viral fever were of the diseases which could widely spread during floods, and utmost vigil should be paid against its outbreak.

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Amid continous heavy rainfall in Kerala, thousands of residents in central and north districts were evacuated on Thursday after floodwaters rose in various rivers, forcing authorities to open shutters of dams to manage water level in reservoirs.

According to Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, at least 19 people have died in the heavy rains and flooding in the state since July 31. It also caused damage to 32 properties completely and 232 partially.

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