Heavy Rain Instigate Landslide and Blaze Floods in Kerala
Kerala was experiencing heavy rain on Thursday, instigate landslide and blaze flood stubbing out 26 lives and wreaking devastation in six of its districts Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, and Idukki. Idukki becomes the epicenter with counting 11 deaths till now.
NDRF has deployed three teams in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, and Kozhikode while assistance has been sought from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, NDRF and the Military Intelligence. While two more teams are on the way. The state has sought six more NDRF teams to be planted, said the Chief Minister.
Also, all the necessary rescue equipment for the Army would be brought from Bengaluru to Kozhikode and Kochi by air and would be transported to affected regions by road.
The calamity generates in the last couple of days sue to never-ending rain lashes in the prone areas, lately, things went out of control as the water level rises rapidly overnight in two of the major dams of Idukki and Idamalayar.
In two similar incidents, two couples were killed in landslips that occurred at Korangatty near Adimaly and at Periyar Valley, respectively. In a landslip at Kurishukuthy near Kambilikkandam, a woman was killed. Besides, a woman’s mutilated body was unearthed from the waste.
The Chief Minister advise the public to restrain caution.
“Rescue operation should not have any hindrance. Public going near dams to view the opening of shutters is not advisable. Only those assigned for rescue operations should be allowed. Tourists are advised to exercise caution,” Pinarayi said while adding that those taking part in the Vavubali ritual should also be careful.
The government has issued instructed to the police and fire force personnel to coordinate rescue operations. Officials have been directed to involve MLAs and other people’s representatives in relief measures.
CM recommend the public to come forward to donate for relief measures
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan advised the public to come forward to donate for relief measures. Those willing to donate can contribute to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). “I would urge everyone to come forward and contribute for relief measures in this time of crisis,” requested Pinarayi.
Relief and rescue efforts begin in Wayanad
Hours after being cut off from the rest of the state following landslides along three arterial ghat roads, rescue efforts have begun in full swing in the hilly district of Wayanad.
In addition to a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Chennai, Army personnel and men from Defense Security Corps from Kannur have landed in the district for relief and rescue operations. Over the last two days, the
The people in landslide-prone areas have been asked to remain on alert and to move to safer places if authorities direct so.
Meanwhile, the Met Department has forecast rainfall to the tune of 7 to 11 cm in the district on Thursday. The district received 39.8 cm of rain, causing widespread destruction.
If you have any plan to visit any of the nearby or landslide-prone areas, it is recommended to reschedule it.
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