Investigators arrested Jolly Shaju, 35, the master brain behind the mysterious deaths in her family in Koodathayi.
Flooding also forced authorities to halt all operations from the Cochin International Airport, the busiest airport in Kerala. The airport, located along the banks of the Periyar river, would be shut until at least 1500 IST (0930 GMT) on Sunday, officials said.
Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September are a crucial lifeline for agrarian Indian society, delivering 70% of the country's rainfall, but they also bring in their wake death and destruction every year.
Security forces have started retrieving mortal remains of people perished in landslides on Friday in Wayanad and Malappuram districts of Kerala as floodwaters recede.
Mahroof Kulathil got the surprise of his life when his Emirati bosses congratulated him for being born on the same day of the UAE’s founding day.
Even as India is making full-on preparations to tackle the scourge of the coronavirus, five new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Kerala.
State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar told the media that the 69-year-old man was in isolation.
The government of Kerala has asked Keralite community organisations in the UAE to coordinate their efforts with the UAE agencies to provide relief to the victims in the face of the mayhem unleashed by the new coronavirus, COVID-19, he said in a statement on Monday.
Locally the shopowner is known as "Corona Pareed," who said many take photos in front of the store and people ask him questions about the name.