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Met Dept Announces Early Monsoon in Kerala as Landslide Kills One

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has earlier predicted the monsoon to start on 9 June.

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Jobi John, a 36-year-old man was killed in a landslide in Idukki district of Kerala as heavy rainfall hit the state on Tuesday night.

South-west monsoon has set in over Kerala and Lakshadweep, said K Santosh, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD)’s regional centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

Jobi John, former Students’ Federation of India (SFI) Idukki district president, was killed as the landslide hit his house following heavy rains at Vazhavara early on Tuesday, police said.

John’s mother was seriously injured and is being treated at a hospital in Kochi. His father escaped unhurt and informed neighbours who engaged in rescue operation.

The IMD had earlier said that monsoon was likely to hit Kerala on 9 June.

Thiruvananthapuram district authorities have restricted tourists from entering hill stations in the area like Ponmudi.

(With PTI inputs)

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