Kerala on Tenterhooks Again as Red Alert Sounded for 3 Districts Today

13 August, 2019, 19:44 | Author: Wade Massey
  • A view of a house whose wall collapsed following heavy monsoon rain in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur on Saturday

It said 40 lives have been lost in Maharashtra, 32 in Karnataka and 24 in Gujarat and major rivers like the Tungabhadra, Krishna in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and their tributaries were in spate and continue to cause huge destruction and damage. In the 212 relief camps in the district over 35,000 people have taken shelter, an official release said.

To deal with the ongoing calamity, which by Sunday claimed at least 178 lives, the Indian armed forces deployed around 3,000 personnel and various hardware equipment, including helicopters, to help with flood relief and rescue operations in the four affected states.

Also, five people were killed in West Bengal and Odisha in rain-related incidents on Monday.

Erosion caused by swirling waters of the flooded Chuflagad River also washed away two buildings on its banks.

Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed almost 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue. A red alert is issued in Malappuram and Palakkad for Wednesday.

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The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway-4, which was closed near Kolhapur in Maharashtra for the last six days, was partially opened for traffic on Monday after the flood waters receded and thousands of stranded trucks carrying essential commodities were allowed to move.

Traffic movement was also allowed between Kolhapur and Belgaum in Karnataka. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited relief camps and flood-hit areas in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, including worst hit Puthumala, and interacted with people.

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Vijayan, during a review meeting with collectors through video conference, also asked district authorities to provide temporary lodging for those who had lost their houses, even after the relief camps are wound up.

In Maharashtra, the toll increased to 43 on Monday and as on Sunday almost 4.48 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods. In Malappuram district, 45 people are still missing while seven have not been traced in Wayanad.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the IAF, state disaster response forces and local administration are providing relief and conducting rescue operations in states hit by monsoon fury.

Incessant torrential rainfall since last week has inundated several parts of the state, leaving at least 88 dead and 40 missing.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Thiruvananthapuram Tuesday predicted fresh spells of active rainfall in Kerala on August 13 and 13.

Thunderstorm accompanied by moderate rainfall with wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph is very likely to occur at one or two places in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta districts.

Humidity was recorded at 84 percent at 8.30 am.

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