Thiruvananthapuram: At least 29 people have died due to incessant rains in Kerala that caused flash floods and landslides. Many places, including Wayanad, Kannur, Kozhikode, among other low-lying areas in the state. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has opened all the shutters of the Idukki dam to let the excess water into the river Periyar.
The Indian Army, which has been deployed in the state for rescue operations, has launched Operation Sahyog in the flood-hit areas in Kerala. The Indian Navy and Army have been constantly on alert.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday visited flood-affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram has started. Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, is accompanying him.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s visit to the flood affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram has started. Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, are accompanying him. pic.twitter.com/Zh1M0rK3si
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Kerala Rains: 5 points
- The disaster relief and rescue operation are being carried out in Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idukki after the rains in Kerala wreaked havoc. The Operation Sahyog was controlled by Karnataka and Kerala subarea, which is headquartered in Bengaluru.
- Idukki is the worst-hit district of all in Kerala and the Army has exclusively deployed two columns in the district. Besides this, 80 Army personnel were also deployed from Madras Regiment for the rescue operation for tourists at Pallivasal.
- The Southern Naval Command at the capital city Kochi has helped stranded people and rescued several in the flood-hit areas. The Indian Navy has its own operation – Operation Madad – that is being carried out in the state.
- Navy helicopters have also been ferrying divers and providing relief material to the flooded regions. One diving team has been deployed in Wayanad to airlift people during the rescue operation.
- The disastrous rains have killed 29 people and nearly 54,000 people are left homeless due to severe flooding and landslide due to heavy rains in Kerala. The 50 stranded tourists, including 24 foreigners, have been rescued from a resort in Munnar.