CM expresses concern over heavy rains, says arrangements in place to handle emergency


CM Pinarayi Vijayan (Photo: Ridin Damu)

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the government has taken necessary arrangements to handle rain-related calamities in the state. Addressing the media here on Monday, he briefed about the measures taken in the state after the IMD sounded red and orange alerts in various districts.

“Five houses were destroyed and 55 partially damaged in the rains. Six deaths were also reported. One person is missing. The India Meteorological Department has forecasted that Kerala will receive extremely heavy rains in the next four days,” informed the minister.

He also pointed out the need to take preventive measures to avoid unwanted incidents.

“ Heavy rainfall will intensify in southern Kerala and central Kerala tomorrow. A red alert is sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Alappuzha and Ernakulam on Tuesday. We expect rainfall of over 200 mm in 24 hours. If we continue to receive heavy rainfall above 200 mm, the state will face a serious challenge,” said the CM.

Four teams of NDRF are deployed in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Thrissur. Four more teams of NDRF will be taken to the state and deployed in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kollam and Malappuram.

Shutters of 17 dams under the Irrigation department will be raised. At present, there are no plans to open big dams under KSEB.

Seven relief camps are opened across the state. So far, 90 people were shifted to the camps in various districts. A 24-hour control room will be operational in revenue minister’s office, every district collectorates and taluk offices.

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