Death toll crosses 75 in Kerala while Karnataka witnesses 40 deaths
The official death toll due to floods in the aftermath of heavy rains in Kerala has climbed to 76. Another 50 are missing in the state.
Over 2.6 lakh people have been evacuated and settled in 1642 camps across 14 districts in the state.
Around 3000 houses have been damaged totally, the majority of them in the northern part of Kerala.
At Kavalappara in Malappuram village, some 40 houses were buried under a massive landslide on the evening of August 08. Disaster management authorities said 50 more persons were missing based on information given by local residents and local body members. Search operations are on for the missing residents.
Though there is a respite in rainfall, the terrain remained slippery, according to officials, and hence the rescue operations are at a slow pace.
In addition to National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), family members of some of the missing people also have joined the search and rescue operations.
12 Army columns are conducting rescue operations across the affected districts. Indian Air Force choppers are engaged in dropping 1000 kilograms of food at relief camps.
NCC cadets have also joined the evacuation efforts across Kerala.
Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam and Malappuram are likely to see isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next three days, according to the Indian Meterological Department.
Isolated heavy showers are likely at Patthanamthitta, Palakkad, Wayanad and Kannur.
Former Indian National Congress president and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi started his two-day visit to the flood-ravaged district on Sunday.
Gandhi visited the Kavalappara landslide spot and also enquired about the tragedy with people.
He also visited relief camps at Nilambur, Mampad and Edavannappara.
During his visit he tweeted - “For the next few days I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, #Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District & State officials.”
The latest update from the State Disaster Management Cell stated that the rainfall intensity over coastal and south Karnataka had reduced and that water had begun to recede.
Heavy rains are expected in isolated places over the next four days in southern and coastal Karnataka. Northern Karnataka will witness moderate rainfall over the next five days.
So far 5.81 lakh people have been evacuated by the joint rescue forces comprising the Army, NDRF, SDRF and Fire services.
On Sunday, Home Minister Amit Shah conducted an aerial survey of the flood hit areas and reviewed flood relief measures with the state administration.
Four Indian Air Force choppers are involved in rescue efforts at Belagavi, Mysuru and Raichur, while one Indian Navy chopper is at Uttara Kannada.
20 teams of NDRF, 17 columns of the Indian Army, 2 teams of the SDRF, 5 teams of the Indian Coast Guard and 2 teams of the Indian Navy are all involved in rescue and relief operations.
As per state government records, 40 people have lost their lives, 14 are missing. Apart from the 5.81 lakh people evacuated, 50,595 animals have been rescued from 80 taluks of 17 affected districts. A total of 2028 villages have been affected by floods with 4.2 lakh hectares of agricultural and horticultural land being impacted. 28,325 houses have been damaged in the floods.
Landslides in Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada have posed a challenge to rescue and relief efforts. Connectivity in 136 National Highway, State Highway and major roads has been disrupted.
The Indian Railways have announced that they would move relief materials to flood affected areas free of cost.