The death toll from torrential rains and catastrophic landslides in Kerala rose to 19 on Sunday with the hardest hit areas of Kottayam and Idukki districts devastated. With heavy rains in southern and central Kerala causing floods and landslides in many parts of the state, Defense Forces along with UAE National Front teams have intervened to rescue many missing persons.
Meanwhile, Federal Home Minister Amit Shah said the center will provide every possible assistance to the Kerala people. He said in a tweet on Twitter that the government was “continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rains and floods”. The central government will provide all possible support to help the needy. NDRF teams have already been dispatched to assist in rescue operations. “We pray for everyone’s safety,” Shah said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 11 teams for search, rescue and relief operations in the state. Meanwhile, the Army, Navy and Air Force also intervened at the request of the state government to assist the Civil Administration in dealing with the situation.
In light of the red alert in five districts of Kerala, the Southern Naval Command headquarters are equipped to provide assistance to the local administration in rescue operations. Meanwhile, the Kerala Disaster Management Authority has requested assistance from the Southern Naval Command in Kochi for the air transportation of the stranded families in Kothikal.
Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people to take all precautions as the rains continued and said 105 relief camps had been set up. “People are required to take all precautions against rain. 105 relief camps have been set up across the state and arrangements have been made to start more.”
Although the rain wave has receded, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said a low sea level bottom is now located over the southeast bordering the eastern central Arabian Sea off the coast of northern Kerala and Karnataka and forecast the possibility of light to moderate rain in Region. Many places with isolated heavy rains only fall over the state for the next 24 hours and then drop after that.