6 dead, over a dozen missing as heavy rains pound Kerala; red alert sounded, rescue teams on standby
A minimum of 6 people passed away and over a dozen were missing on Saturday as heavy rains pounded south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in numerous parts, triggering the state government to seek the assistance of the defence forces for rescue operations. In one of the heavy rains in the last few years, the high varieties of main and south Kerala are experiencing practically similar to that of the circumstance the state faced throughout the time of devastating floods of 2018 and 2019 but authorities stated whatever was under control and there was no need for any panic.
Numerous people have actually been hurt and displaced in rain-related occurrences in the southern state where dams in many districts are nearing its complete capacity and villages and towns in the sloping locations are completely cut off from the outdoors world.
Nevertheless, the rescue groups of the state authorities and fire force might not reach the impacted areas due to floods and unfavorable climate condition dominating there.
Weather authorities stated Peermade in the hill district of Idukki got 24 cm rains till 5.30 pm on Saturday.
Automatic weather condition stations in North Paravur reported 38mm rains, Muvattupuzha (89.5 mm), Palluruthy (34 mm) and Neeleswaram in Northern Kerala district received 125.5 mm rains till 8.30 pm, they said.
Kerala floods: Rescue teams on standby
Idukki district collector Sheeba George stated rescue efforts were impacted due to the subsequent landslips which took place in the area late in the evening. 4 homes have been swept away due to the landslides.
The extent of damage could be evaluated just in the early morning, the collector said.
According to a defence representative, Mi-17 and Sarang Helicopters are currently in standby mode to fulfill the requirements however they could not start operations as the weather condition at Kottayam is still bad. Flying force properties are still at Sulur in a standby mode, she stated.
“All the bases under Southern Air Command have actually been put on high alert in view of the prevalent weather scenario at Kerala,” the spokesperson stated in a declaration.
“The Indian Army has actually already released army personnel to the flood-affected areas. One column including One Officer, 2 JCOs and 30 other ranks of army workers already transferred to Kanjirappally, Kottayam District from Pangode Military Station …,” she said.
The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy stated it is completely ready for assisting regional administration in rescue operations.
“Diving and Rescue groups are prepared to be released at short notice. Helicopters stand-by to be launched when weather condition is favorable for Air Ops,”, it stated in a tweet.
Kerala floods: Red alert sounded for 6 districts
According to the latest update of the India Meteorological Department, ‘Red Alert’ was sounded for six districts– Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts.
Kottayam and Pathanamthitta are the most afflicted districts as of now due to heavy rains because Friday night.
Visuals have emerged on social networks from numerous parts of Kottayam district, including a KSRTC bus stuck in floodwater and residents saving guests from it.
Kerala floods: Advisory released for locals
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a high-level conference in the night to examine the rain situation and chose to enhance rescue operations in all affected locations. In a statement, the chief minister stated all federal government companies have been directed to take required actions to rescue individuals from the affected regions and leave those residing in locations vulnerable to landslides and floods. Vijayan likewise directed the district collectors to open relief camps to move the afflicted people.
- Pilgrims will not be permitted to trek to the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, located in a thick forest in Pathanamthitta district, till October 18
- Higher academic institutions, which were arranged to open on October 18, will begin on October 20
- Locals have been encouraged to keep extra vigil in the next 24 hours as rains are expected to heighten
- Those living in catchment locations should follow guidelines of authorities as the water level in some rivers is anticipated to increase and shutters of particular dams are likely to be opened
- Individuals ought to avoid visiting traveler locations, or venturing near rivers and other water bodies
- People residing in low-lying and other disaster-prone locations and on the banks of rivers are recommended to transfer to more secure locations
- Fishing boats have actually been forbidden from venturing into the sea
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Released at Sat, 16 Oct 2021 21:28:20 -0500