Kerala floods: Toll rises, high alert in 11 districts, armed forces & NDRF intensify rescue ops

Thiruvananthapuram: At least 25 people have died in Kerala due to flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains since Saturday. While the rain subsided by Sunday afternoon, authorities kept up a strict vigil with the threat of landslides.

Residents were cut off in parts of the coastal state of Kerala as the rains, which started to intensify from late on Friday, swelled rivers and flooded roads.

Thousands of people have been evacuated and at least 100 relief camps have been set up, Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said on Sunday.

Besides the National Disaster Response Force, the Army, Navy and Air Force have also stepped in to aid the rescue operation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the rain situation with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday, and said authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected.

One team of the National Disaster Response Force has been deployed in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts. In addition, 5 more teams have been directed to be deployed in Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur and Palakkad districts.

One of the two teams of the Indian Army is deployed in Thiruvananthapuram and one in Kottayam. The Defence Security Corps (DSC) has deployed one team in Kozhikode and one in Wayanad. The Air Force and Navy were instructed to be ready for emergencies.

A red alert has been issued for dams Kaki in Pathanamthitta district, Sholayar in Thrissur district, Peringalkuthu, Kundala, Kallarkutty, Mattupetty and Kallar in Idukki district. A blue alert has been issued for Ponmudi dam, Idukki dam in Idukki district and Pampa in Pathanamthitta. High alert remains in 11 districts.

Pinarayi Vijayan has requested the public to be extra cautious as the rain continues. Meanwhile, devotees are not allowed to Sabarimalai Sri Ayyappan temple in view of floods.

 

NT Bureau