Kerala Rains: Death Toll Rises To 22

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  • Cheruthoni dam in Kerala, moments after the gates were opened

Torrential rains caused by a vigorous southwestern monsoon have caused flooding and landslides in various parts of the southern state of Kerala. As a result, at least 22 people have died in the last 24 hours. 11 of these victims were from Idukki district, while five were from Malappuram, three from Wayanad, two from Kannur and one from Kozhikode.

Incessant rainfall has caused the water levels to rise in various dams across the state. In many of these dams, the levels have soared upto their maximum capacity. As a result, gates of 24 reservoirs across Kerala have been opened to prevent the dams from bursting. These include the Idukki reservoir, Cheruthoni dam and Malampuzha dam. Officials have warned families living along the bank of Periyar river to remain extra cautious.

The heavy rainfall has also caused landslide in some districts including Wayanad, which has been cut off from the rest of the state. Electricity and water supply has been disrupted in many areas. The floods have also submerged many important highways, roads and railway tracks. People are being evacuated using rafts.

Rescue operations done so far in Kerala

Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan organized an emergency meeting with key officials to gauge the seriousness of the situation and launch relief measures. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested for help from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard as well as central government.

Both the state and central governments have deployed rigorous disaster management techniques to combat the flood situation in Kerala. A seven member Inter-Ministerial Central Team is visiting affected areas of the state. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force has deployed four teams, comprising 49 personnel each, to assist in the rescue and relief operations. Army troops from Bengaluru are also getting prepared for deployment in the flood-ridden areas of Kerala.

By |2018-08-09T19:44:36+00:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Kerala Rains: Death Toll Rises To 22

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