Kerala rains LIVE: Death toll mounts to 21; PM Modi speaks to CM Vijayan

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Live news updates: At least eight people have died in Kerala and many are missing after rains triggered landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts on Saturday, prompting the state to seek the military’s help.

The Indian Army and Air Force are assisting civilian agencies is rescuing people in Koottickal and Kokkayar panchayats where over a dozen people are missing after landslides. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting of his advisors to intensify rescue and said that all means will be used to evacuate people stranded in areas flooded, including Kottayam, NDTV.com reported.

The Hindustan Times website said 18 people had died in south and central Kerala on Saturday while 22 people were feared missing. News18.com put the death toll at 15.

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HDFC Bank’s quarterly profit rose 18 per cent, helped by strong loan growth, as the coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout waned. The bank’s loans grew 15.5 per cent from a year ago, about three times the banking sector’s rate. 


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