Heavy rain in Kerala has left over 69 tourists, including 20 foreigners, stranded at a resort in Munnar
So far, 29 people have been killed in Kerala floods. The state has been hit by heavy rain and landslides since Wednesday. The situation came to a head after the shutters of one of the dams of the Idukki reservoir had to be opened to control the rising water level because of incessant rain. The shutters of Cheruthoni dam in the reservoir were opened for the first time in 26 years, on Thursday as the water-level reached dangerously close to full-capacity.
More than 15,600 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up across the state. The army, navy, air force, coast guard, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been carrying out evacuation and relief operations across flood-hit districts. According to Union Minister KJ Alphons, Kerala is experiencing the heaviest rainfall in 50 years.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and offered all possible assistance to those affected.
“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinrayi Vijayan and discussed the prevailing flood situation in the state. I have assured all possible assistance from the Centre to the state government. The relief and rescue ops are going on. MHA is closely monitoring the flood situation,” the home minister said in a tweet. Mr Singh is also scheduled to undertake an aerial survey of the state’s flood-affected areas tomorrow.
Here are the LIVE updates of the Kerala floods:
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s helicopter has landed in Wayanad, Kerala. Later, he is scheduled to attend a review meeting at the collectorate, along with Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala.
Bad weather at the decided landing spot near Kattappana in Idukki has forced Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s team to abandon landing. Now the team is heading towards Wayanad, according a statement by the Chief Minister’s Office.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Aerial Survey Of Flood-Affected Areas
Mr Vijayan, along with Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala will be visiting relief camps and attend a review meeting in Wayanad.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi Calls On Party Workers To “Help Those In Need”
“Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property & forcing thousands to abandon their homes. I urge each and every Congress worker in Kerala to step up & help those in need. My prayers & thoughts are with the people of Kerala in this difficult time,” Mr Gandhi said on Twitter.
Visuals from flooded Panamaram village in Wayanad.
Chief Minister Of Kerala and Opposition Leader are to make an aerial sortie across worst affected districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuzham, Kozhikode.
State government has issued a red alert for worst affected states.
Wayanad till August 14, Idukki till August 13, and for Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad till August 11.
Around 30,000 people have been moved to relief camps across Kerala.
Number of dead due to flooding and landslides following heavy and incessant rains in the state rises to 29.