Fresh rain hampers relief work in Kerala, Rajnath surveys affected areas

Fresh rain hampers relief work in Kerala, Rajnath surveys affected areas

After a brief relief, Kerala is on tenterhook again as fresh rain lashed several parts of the state since morning. Fresh rain has also hampered the relief operations being undertaken by multiple agencies in the flood and landslides hit regions.

Several units of Army, Navy, Air Force and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in relief and rescue operations in badly-hit districts including Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Union Minister K J Alphonse and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, conducted an aerial survey of some affected areas.

Rajnath Singh lands at Cochin International Airport. The Centre has assured all possible help to the state.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told news agency ANI that the state has never witnessed such destruction before but the authorities are ready to do whatever is necessary.

“State Police, NDRF, Army and other forces are working with the same motive – to help the people of the state,” he said. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all possible help.

The authorities are still on high alert as Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall for the next four days. The water level in the Idukki dam marginally declined to 2399.16 ft at 10 am today due to short let up.

As many as 37 people have lost their lives in flooding and landslides, due to heavy rainfall over the past few days. There were no fresh casualties reported since yesterday.

NDRF personnel rescue the flood-hit people in Wayanad.(Photo: Twitter/NDRF)

More than 60,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps set up in different areas, including in Wayanad, where over 14,000 people have been given shelter.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had yesterday warned that heavy to very heavy rains were expected in 16 states, including Kerala, till tomorrow.

Several roads across the state were also washed away.

The weather department has issued a red alert, asking people to be cautious as there was a possibility of heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

Kerala government announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to people who lost their homes and land and Rs 4 lakh to those who lost a member of their family.

(With inputs from PTI)

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