THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Oct. 19 -- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a yellow alert across 11 districts from Wednesday even as the death toll from flash flood and landslides in the state rose to 35, officials said.

The yellow alert indicates severely bad weather that could change for the worse and cause disruptions in the day-to-day activities. It was issued as water levels rose sharply in many reservoirs due to heavy rains in catchment areas. A red alert was issued to 10 dams in the state and shutters of Kakki dam in Pathanamthitta were opened.

Pilgrimage to hill temple of Sabarimala was suspended due to a rise in water level in Pambba and other rivers, said state minister K Rajan. Rajan added after opening the gates of K...