Kerala rains: 60 stranded tourists rescued, CM surveys flooded areas

Kerala rains: 60 stranded tourists rescued, CM surveys flooded areas


Kerala rains, Kerala flood

Visuals of the water level from Periyar river. (Photo: ANI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 60 tourists, including 20 foreigners, have been rescued
  • Pinarayi Vijayan surveys the flood-affected areas of the State
  • Death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 29 in past two days

Heavy rains in several parts of Kerala have taken a toll on life, aggravating the flood situation. 29 people have been killed so far in a state battered by rain and landslides.

The Indian army has been roped in for rescue efforts after authorities were forced to open the shutters of 24 reservoirs to drain out the excess water. The Southern Naval Command at Kochi has rescued people stranded in the flood-hit areas, as part of the Indian Navy’s “Operation Madad” for the rain and landslide-ravaged state.

As many as 60 tourists, including 20 foreigners, who were stranded at a private resort in Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district, have been rescued.

“I urge each and every Congress worker in Kerala to step up and help those in need,” Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted today.

HERE ARE TOP 10 UPDATES

  • Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan have set out from Thiruvananthapuram to survey the flood-affected areas of the State.
  • Vijayan would stay back at Kochi for discussions with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is scheduled to reach the State tomorrow morning.
  • The death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 29 in past two days. Of them, 25 were reportedly killed in incidents of landslides and four drowned.
  • For the next three days, the Met department has predicted heavy rains in the worst-affected districts of Idukki and Wayanad.
  • The State Disaster Management Authority has also issued a red alert for eight districts following a heavy rainfall warning by the weather office.
  • Flights could be diverted to neighbouring airports if the Kochi airport is closed, as the water level in the Periyar is rising after the shutters of the Idamalayar and Cheruthoni reservoirs were lifted.

An aerial view of the flooded Aluva town, where the water level in the Periyar is rising. (Photo: PTI)

  • Idukki and Ernakulam districts were put on high alert, as heavy rainfall is predicted till Saturday.
  • A total of 53,501 people are now housed in 439 relief camps across the state, state officials said.
  • Fourteen National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, each with 45 personnel, are being deployed in the worst-affected districts for rescue operations.

NDRF team at work in Kerala.

  • Tourists were stopped from entering the Idukki district after roads caved in at many places. Army soldiers were building small bridges to evacuate people who were stranded at various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad.



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