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Heavy rains & floods across Kerala, death toll rises

August 10, 2019

It has been only a year since Kerala recovered from heavy rains and floods that lashed across the state killing hundreds of people. This year too, a similar flood like situation has hit the state killing 43 people in two days. Many people are reportedly missing. By Friday evening, districts in Northern Kerala were fully submerged under water. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for a meeting with higher officials of the state to review the situation. Red alert has been issued in most of the districts. Holiday has been declared for all educational institutions in the state until further notice.

Conducted a Review Meeting of the disaster management activities of #KeralaFloods. Heavy rain has increased across most parts of the State. Red alert has been issued for 9 districts in North and Central Kerala, 3 districts in Central Kerala are under Orange alert and remaining 2 southern districts are issued yellow alert-Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.

Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Palakkad are some of the worst-hit areas. Many houses were completely isolated in the floods and landslides. The army and NDRF are working together to rescue those who are stranded. Officials said that people in the state must come together to rescue any human or animal who is seen stuck in the floods.

"The flood situation in my parliamentary constituency, #Wayanad is grim. I'm monitoring the situation closely & have spoken to the Kerala CM and key Govt officials to expedite relief. I will be reaching out to PM Modi as well to brief him & request Central Govt. assistance", tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Kochi airport has suspended their services till Sunday evening since the runway has been fully submerged under water. Authorities confirmed that they would re-open the airport only until all the water has been taken out and runway is clear and safe.

"#KochiAirport closed due to heavy rains and flooding of taxiway. Operations suspended at the Kochi International Airport till 11th August (Sunday), 3 pm", tweeted Journalist Sreedhar Pillai.

Last year, fishermen had rescued thousands of stranded people across the state in the devastating floods. This year too, the government had to seek their help to carry on with rescue activities. But most of it had to be stopped in many parts on Friday due to incessant rains and extreme weather conditions.

Weather forecast has predicted heavy rains in most parts of the state till Sunday. The death toll is also expected to rise.

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