Monsoon Rains Live Update: IMD issues heavy rainfall alert for Odisha, Kerala: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that heavy rainfall is likely over Odisha and Kerala on Thursday. The weather forecasting agency also predicted that isolated pockets of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam and Meghalaya are likely to witness heavy downpour throughout the day. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Telangana,” the IMD stated in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin
According to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, 28 people have died over the past three days in rain-related incidents in the state, which is again at the receiving end of nature’s fury while at least 40 people are feared trapped under debris in major landslides that took place in Wayanad and Malappuram.
A red alert for rainfall has been issued in nine of the 14 districts in the state and all educational institutions will remain closed. Also, the rail, road and air transport took a hit in the state with several trains being cancelled and the Cochin International Airport shut till August 11 due to waterlogging.
According to the officials, 1,07,699 persons have been shifted in 988 relief camps across the state. In the worst affected Wayanad, 24,990 persons are in such camps.
Meanwhile, several areas around the Netravathi river flooded due to the increase in water level in the river. At least, 66 people were rescued from world heritage site Pattadakallu Temple in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Around 120 people yet to be rescued.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa says, at least 24 people have lost their lives, 1,024 villages are severely affected due to floods. 20 NDRF teams, 10 Army teams, 5 Navy teams, and 2 SDRF teams are engaged in rescue operations. The chief minister has also announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to be given to the next of kin of the deceased.
Meanwhile, a 24-hour control room has been opened by the Kerala chief minister’s office to coordinate rescue and rescue operations. You can contact the Control Room on 0471-251 7500 and 0471-232 2056.
On the other hand, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said, additional 15 teams of Indian Navy from Visakhapatnam is to reach Kolhapur by this afternoon to assist rescue efforts. Water from overflowing Tunga river enters residential areas in Vidya Nagar in Shivamogga district. The fire department is engaged in the evacuation of people from the area. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) provides relief material to flood-affected people in Sangli, Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reaches flood-hit Kolhapur to take stock of the situation. Assuring of action, Fadnavis said, “Indian Navy teams from Vishakhapatnam are arriving today as Shirol area in Kolhapur is severely affected; 95 boats are operating in Sangli. A team of 100 doctors is being sent to Kolhapur and Sangli. There is no lack of medicines.”
Meanwhile, Kochi Airport is ready ahead of its deadline. Flight operations to begin at 12 noon tomorrow. Airlines are instructed to facilitate services accordingly.
Financial assistance of Rs 10 crore has been announced by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SST) of Shirdi as a relief for people affected by floods in various parts of Maharashtra.