Kerala rains LIVE updates: 82 tourists stranded inside bus in Munnar routes flooded
Rain continued to lash Kerala on Thursday as public transport collapsed in many places with Southern Railways and Kochi Metro suspending their operations due to floods. Total death in Kerala floods rose to 80 on Thursday.
A red alert has been sounded in 14 districts following heavy rainfall and opening shutters of about 25 dams when more people is said to have shifted to relief camps including 23000 in Ernakulam. All educational institutions all over the state were ordered to be closed on Thursday.
Here are the LIVE updates on Kerala rains:
Crisis Management Group Committee meet underway
Under the leadership of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, Crisis Management Group Committee meeting is underway at home ministry over Kerala floods.
NDRF evacuates 926 people
National Disaster Response Force is said to have evacuated 926 people to safer places at Pathamithitta, Kozzhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Alappuzha.
Union tourism minister and former Kerala MLA Alphons Kannathanam met home minister, Prime minister, defence minister and finance minister on Wednesday to discuss about floods in state. He is said to be travelling to Trivandrum today to meet all concerned for any further coordination.
Centre rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala: Rajnath Singh
Home minister Rajnath Singh stated: “Had a telephonic conversation with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the prevailing flood situation at the state. The Centre is rushing up additional NDRF teams to Kerala. We are offering all possible assistance. I am in constant touch with Kerala chief minister.”
82 tourists stranded inside bus in Munnar
82 tourists struck inside a bus in Munnar. All routes are further flooded, or blocked due to mudslides, reports given to agency ANI.
Pathanamthitta district worst affected
Pathanamthitta district at central Kerala was been the worst affected at the last 24 hours as thousands of people — students among others — were trapped insider their homes at Ranni, Aranmula and Kozhencherry.
Fishing boats at Kollam reached the flooded areas as rescue operations at aid of defence personnel continued. Various media Whats App groups including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s were been flooded with SOS messages from Pathanamthitta crying for help.
Parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur were been facing tough times at the dam waters from Idukki districts reaching Periyar, and its tributaries late.
Authorities fear epidemic outbreak
Many areas were been without power and drinking water after heavy rains at Kerala. Authorities were fearing an epidemic outbreak due to floods.
CM chairs high-level meet
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is chairing a high-level meeting to review flood situation
Modi asks defence ministry to step up rescue, relief ops
“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today morning. We discussed the flood situation in the state. Have asked Defence Ministry to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. Praying for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala,” tweets Modi.
Water logging in Chengannur
Death toll rises to 80
Flood situation much worsened in Kerala with about 80 deaths being reported after eight people died in landslides. army will press towards service C17 transport aircraft to rescue operations when Indian Navy to deploy more forces into Pathanamthitta.
Southern Naval Command to support flood relief ops
Southern Naval Command suspends away all training activities to support at the flood relief operations as requested by Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). All resources are being mobilised for rescue and relief efforts in Ernakulam and Trichur.