Kerala Rains Live Updates: Red alert in 9 districts, Cochin International Airport operation suspended till Sunday: The non-stop heavy rain in Kerala has bring about flood-like situation, leading to red alert in nine districts in the state. The situation got worsens since yesterday when total of 14 people have died and more than 22,000 have been evacuated to 315 relief camps. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on the other hand has also predicted heavy rains in the state till August 14. Red alerts have been issued in the districts of Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked for the army’s help for the relief and rescue operations along with 13 other more units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
In Wayanad, a huge landslide at Meppadi has stranded about 2,000 people. Along with this several temple, mosque and estate workers quarters have also collapsed in the area. The Kerala government has also announced holiday for all schools located in the state for Friday as well as university examinations have been postponed in the affected districts.
Flight operations at Cochin International Airport have also been suspended till 3pm on Sunday as floodwaters flooded the parking area.
Kerala Rains Live Updates
Rains batter South India, Kerala worst hit with 28 deaths
Rains continued to hammer South India Friday–Kerala being the worst-hit–with reports of 45 deaths over the past three days, as rail and air services were hit and authorities scrambled to rescue people from low-lying and submerged areas. People in several districts of Kerala, particularly Wayanad and Malappuram, continued to face the wrath of the rains with landslips and floods leaving 28 people dead in rain-related incidents over the past three days and cutting-off several low-lying regions.
The devastating landslide and flood claimed the lives of seven persons in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday. According to officials, the total death toll in the district increased has increased to 9. Four persons, including three from a family, lost their lives in a major landslide at Vilangad near Vadakara in the district.
1,000 evacuated as Narmada overflows in two districts of Madhya Pradesh
Around 1,000 people were evacuated in Dhar and Barwani districts of Madhya Pradesh on Friday with the river Narmada flowing above the danger mark, as rains lashed all parts of the state. At least one death in rain-related incidents was reported, alongwith cases of people being swept away in flooded rivers and going missing. Sluice gates of seven of the 28 dams in the state have been opened due to rise in water levels, officials said.
Karnataka: SWR throws open railway stations for rain-hit people
In an humanitarian gesture, the South Western Railways has throw open its railway stations to flood-hit displaced people besides engaging in rescue and relief operations. With rivers in Karnataka in spate, people have stormed into the stations to take shelter, leaving behind all their belongings. Deputy general manager and chief Railway public relation officer E Vijaya told PTI that as many as 1,500 people have camped in Belagavi station.
Helpdesk numbers (9188292595, 9188293595 and 1072) are functional round-the-clock at the Divisional Headquarters, Thiruvananthapuram Division for providing information to passengers regarding changes in train services in Thiruvananthapuram Division. Passengers and public can use these help desk numbers to get information regarding train services.
National highways on Shiradi Ghat, Charmadi Ghat and Sampaje state highway were damaged on Friday due to heavy rains and landslides. While traffic movement on Charmadi Ghat road stretch was completely stopped due to landslides and roadblocks, restrictions have been imposed on Shiradi and Sampaje routes too.
National highways on Shiradi Ghat, Charmadi Ghat and Sampaje state highway damaged due to heavy rains and landslides. While traffic movement on Shiradi and Charmadi Ghat road stretches completely stopped due to landslides and roadblocks, Sampaje route is restricted only to light motor vehicles.
HD Deve Gowda presses PM Modi to declare Karnataka floods as national disaster
The flood situation in Karnataka has worsened. I strongly urge @PMOIndia to declare the floods in Karnataka as Nati… https://t.co/zNFjMVhche
— H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) 1565356924000
In the wake of heavy rain, two relief camps were opened in Chengannur taluk in Kerala. Nearly 25 people of eight families were shifted to these two camps of whom 13 are kept at Thiruvanvandoor Government HSS and 12 are at JB School, Keecherimel.
Toll goes up to 12 in Karnataka; CM announces Rs 5 lakh to kin of those killed
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday announced Rs five lakh to next to the kin of people killed in the flood and rain-related incidents in Karnataka, where 12 people have lost their lives. “I have directed the officials that Rs five lakh should be given to the family members of those killed in the flood within 24 hours,” Yediyurappa told reporters in Mudhol and Bagalkote, where he reviewed the flood situation, conducted an aerial survey and visited the victims. “In the State, in all, 12 people have died (in the flood and rain-related incidents,” he said.
Kodagu: Over 3,000 people from flood-affected areas brought to 34 relief centers.
Karnataka: Almatti dam registers equal inflow and outflow of 4.50 lakh cusecs which is highest in its history.
Kodagu in Karnataka records 7 deaths on Friday. 8 missing due to rains and floods in the district.
Kannur district collector declares holiday for all educational institutions in the district on Saturday in the wake of heavy rains. The holiday is applicable to anganwadis and madrasas as well. No special classes should also be held.
Maharashtra: Death toll rises to 29 in Pune division (Solapur, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Pune), due to floods, 6 people missing. 2.85 lakh people have been evacuated to a safe place from Pune division.
Karnataka: Mother and daughter died in Tora village of Virajpet. Eight persons missing in the village following landslides.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will visit the flood-hit areas in Belagavi and Bagalkot on Saturday. She will also conduct an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas.
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa
Water level is decreasing in the CIAL premises and surroundings. Water is being pumped out of the compound continuously. “If the rains won’t get strong again, CIAL operations could be resumed on Sunday 3pm as planned,” said an airport official.
After a landslide occurred in Puthumala, Wayanad yesterday, the rescue operations is underway.
In rain-related incidents in the state, total of 14 people have died since yesterday. Two bodies have also been recovered from Meppadi in Wayanad district, where a landslide was occurred yesterday.
Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSM) says 22,165 people have been evacuated to safety and lodged in total of 315 camps all over the state.
Cochin International Airport Operations suspended till August 11 (Sunday), 3 pm.
Kerala government has declared holiday for the day for all schools across the state.
DSC Centre in Kannur has deployed total number of six columns of Army in the northern districts of Kerala and Karnataka’s Coorg. One column each at Wayanad- Kalpetta, Virajpet- Coorg, Kannur, Iritty, Kozhikode and Thamarassery.
From Puthumala near Meppadi in Wayanad, 54 people have been rescued by NDRF which was hit by a landslide. In total there are total of 100 people who have been rescued so far.
Army has been deployed from Pangode military station Thiruvananthapuram. Total 3 columns deployed at Alappuzha: Headed by Lt Col; Pathanamthitta: Headed by Major and Ernakulam: Headed by Major
NDRF has rescued around 60 people and have been evacuated from Wayanad landslide area. Also, it might take 10-12 hours for the operations to get complete. The landslide has extended up to 2 kms.
Red alert has been issued in total of 9 districts of Kerala which are expected to get extremely heavy rainfall in coming hours and these are as follows: Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur. Also Orange alert has been issued in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam districts.
Rahul Gandhi has also stepped in to help people of his constituency. He also ensured the people of Wayanad that he would speak to PM Narendra Modi in order to seek maximum help.