Kerala Rains: Incessant rains continue to pound the southern state of Kerala.
29 people have been killed so far in Kerala, a state battered by by rain and landslides. Over 15,600 have been evacuated from affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up. 54 tourists, including 22 foreigners, who were stranded at a private resort in the popular tea county of Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district, have been rescued yesterday. Rains have been particularly severe this season in the coastal state, known for it’s pristine beaches and tea plantations.
The army has been roped in for rescue efforts after two days of rain that have forced authorities to open the shutters of 24 reservoirs to drain out the excess water. One of the five shutters of a reservoir in the Idukki district was opened for the first time in 26 years. The Centre on Friday assured the Kerala government of all possible help in rescue and relief operations. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also undertake an aerial survey of the state’s flood-affected areas tomorrow.
Here are the LIVE Updates of the Kerala floods:
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.