- A total of 18 people have lost their lives due to incidents associated with the rain, whereas a dozen people went missing as well due to floods and landslides in several regions.
- The Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy are assisting the local administration in rescue operations.
- Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that the rescue operations are being carried on rigorously in a facebook post, while urging people to maintain social distance.
On Sunday, Kerala continued to remain turbulent with rainfall causing hefty damages. A total of 18 people have lost their lives due to incidents associated with the rain. Almost a dozen people went missing as well due to floods and landslides in several regions. According to the officials, the local administration is being assisted by the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy in the rescue operations.
They have further stated that various districts are not free from the threats of landslides and waterlogging, in spite of the partial abatement of rainfall in the central part of Kerala. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that the rescue operations are being carried on rigorously in a facebook post. He has also requested people in the relief camps to maintain social distancing.
He has said, “Those in the camps should ensure the use of masks and that social distancing is maintained. Authorities should calculate the maximum number of people who can be accommodated in the camps. The district authorities can increase the number of camps in case more people are required to be accommodated.”
Earlier during the massive floods of 2018 and 19, Kerala faced a similar situation which the central and southern parts of the state face today. The state revenue minister K. Rajan has visited the Kanjirappally hospital, where the bodies of the deceased have been kept. The dead bodies are later scheduled to be transported to Koottikkal.
Rajan has stated that the Engineering task force (ETF) from Bangalore will soon be reaching the state in order to help restore the connectivity at places where the roads have been washed away. He has stated that, “They will help us in restoring connectivity with the places where roads have been washed away.”The search for seven missing people is under process at Kokkayar in Idukki District. Approximately 80 people were rescued by the NDRF teams from the waterlogged areas of Pathanamthitta district.