Thiruvananthapuram: Death toll due to floods and heavy rains in Kerala on Thursday afternoon mounted to 104. Malappuram remained the worst-affected after 43 people lost their lives due to the prevalent situation. Among 14 affected districts, 17 deaths were reported from Kozhikode, 12 from Wayanad, and nine from Kannur.

On August 14, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of people who lost their lives due to floods in Kerala.

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in isolated parts over Kerala this week.

The Meteorological Department has also advised fishermen not to venture into the sea.

Holiday has been declared for schools and colleges in various taluks of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Malappuram, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Kannur districts on Friday. Over 2.25 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,318 relief camps across the state where the rains have triggered numerous landslides or caused floods in most of its 14 districts.

Last year, this month, nearly 483 lives were lost in Kerala due to floods.   According to the Kerala government over 2.5 lakh houses were damaged in the aftermath and over 14,000 of them had collapsed. 

Between August 1 and 19 of 2018, the state received 758.6 mm of rainfall, compared to the average of 287.6 mm.