The death toll in Kerala reached 23 on Sunday night as incessant rains devastated chaos in the central and southern parts of the state on Saturday. Many people were injured and displaced by floods and landslides.
According to reports, at least 12 bodies were recovered from Kottikal in Kottayam, one body from Beromido and two bodies were recovered yesterday from Kangar in Idukki district.
At least three bodies of Kokayar were found in Idukki district today, a mountainous area that was badly damaged by the devastating landslides yesterday.
Officials said the bodies of three children were found buried under the ice after intense rescue efforts. The children, aged eight, seven and four, were found holding each other.
In Koottickal in Kottayam district, a family of six, including a 40-year-old man, his 75-year-old mother, his 35-year-old wife, and three girls aged 14, 12 and 10 were killed while dredging their house. away in a landslide.
Rescuers found three bodies yesterday and rescuers found the remaining bodies during their efforts today.
Meanwhile, heavy rains subsided a day after wreaking havoc in the state.
In its forecast, the Indian Meteorological Department said yesterday’s low pressure area over the southeastern Arabian Sea and neighboring Kerala is becoming less visible and is now seen as a basin from southern inland Karnataka to southern Tamil Nadu at low levels.
“Under its influence, isolated heavy rains are very likely over Kerala and Mahe on October 17, 2021 and a significant drop thereafter,” she said.
After that, a new wave of the eastern wave is likely to affect southern India from October 20 and cause fairly extensive rains with isolated heavy rain likely over Kerala from October 20 and is likely to continue for a period of time, it added. 3-4 days later.
Before leaving for Kokayar in Idukki to coordinate rescue missions, Minister Rajan said rescue operations are underway in various places as the rains have subsided in the state.
PM talking to Pinarayi Viajayan
In the wake of the flood, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation.
The death toll from catastrophic floods caused by torrential rains and landslides in mountainous areas in two districts of central Kerala has risen to 23 as rescue workers pulled more bodies from under the rubble on Sunday.
“Talk to Kerala CM Shrivijayanpinarayi and discuss the situation in the wake of torrential rains and landslides in Kerala. Authorities are working on the ground to help the wounded and affected,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
“I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he said.
“So sad that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. My condolences to the grieving families,” Modi said in another tweet.
State Revenue Minister K. Rajan Rescue workers have retrieved 15 bodies from the rubble and snow of the landslides that hit various places in Idukki and Kottayam districts on Saturday.
Earlier, Federal Home Minister Amit Shah said the center would provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala who have been affected by the torrential rains and resulting floods.
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 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) deployed 11 teams for search, rescue and relief operations in the state as the death toll from heavy rains and landslides rose to 23 by Sunday night.
(with PTI input)