Torrential rain ravages Kerala; 26 killed


When the monsoon becomes stronger, heavy rain wreaked havoc in Kerala. State Disaster Control Room sources said 26 people have died in rain-related incidents since yesterday with 17 of them being killed in landslides in Idukki and Malappuram districts.

Search operations are underway to trace the missing people. Landslips were reported in five districts. Shutters of 24 dams, including Idukki, were opened following the rise in water level.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked people to stay alert as the state is facing a dangerous situation in the torrential downpour.

Among the total deaths, 11 people died in Idukki district, five in Malappuram district, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode, a home ministry spokesperson said.

Ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, have been deployed in Kerala to assist the rescue and relief operations. An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the Union government is also visiting flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state.

Idukki most affected

  • 11 people were killed in the landslides here
  • 5 members of a family killed at Adimali
  • 7 people were killed in mudslide at Mannamkandam
  • Three of a family went missing in the landslide at Rajapuram. Meenakshi, Rajan and Usha are the missing people.
  • Two were killed in landslide at Kanjikuzhi
  • Five houses were completely demolished at Konnathadi and 12 people taken to relief camp at Panniyarkutty
  • Traffic interrupted in various parts of the district following mudslide
  • Traffic in Neryamangalam- Pambala- Keerithodu road completely blocked
  • Udumbanchola, Rajakkad- Ponmudi, Rajakkad- AMCH city, Chemannar-Udumbanchola roads were completely demolished in the rain
  • Munnar, the hilly region became isolated

Army for rescue operations in Malappuram

  • 6 members of a family were killed in landslips at Nilambur on Thursday morning
  • District administration sought the help of army for rescue operations in Nilambur.
  • Flood water interrupted traffic in three areas at Nilambur town
  • Water level in Chaliyar river rose to 3 metres following the landslides in Kalikavu and Karuvarakundu forest ranges.
  • Over 100 families shifted to relief camps
  • Vadakkumpadam- Nayattukallu road destructed and washed away in the flood water.
  • Power house of Aadyanpara Hydroelectric project destructed in the heavy rain
  • Chaliyar river and tributaries are overflowing
  • 20 relief camps opened in Nilambur and Kondotty
  • Speaker Sreeramakrishnan informed that traffic of lorries through Nilambur-Vazhikadavu will be blocked.

Wayanad- most affected district in Malabar

  • District collector issued red alert
  • Wayanad District isolated
  • Army deployed for rescue operations
  • Three killed in rain related incidents
  • Traffic in Thamarassery ghat, Kuttiyadi ghat and Palchuram interrupted

Kozhikode

  • Youth in a car washed away in the flood water following landslide in Kannappankundu
  • Kannappankundu river changed its course when it overflowed during flood. 52 families shifted to relief camps and crops destroyed

Ernakulam

  • 2 washed away in flash floods at Kolanchy. Two students Gopikrishnan (17) from Mannur and Alan (17) from Kochi were killed.
  • Aluva Manappuram and Shiva temple submerged
  • 2,300 people living on the banks of Periyar river have been shifted to 38 camps

Palakkad

  • Low lying areas submerged after shutters of Malampuzha dam opened
  • Kalpathi river overflowing
  • Landslide in Kanjikode
  • Railway track submerged
  • People near Bharatapuzha shifted after Aaliyar dam shutters were opened
  • Pothundi dam and Mangalam dam shutters also opened
  • Body of a person who drowned yesterday recovered from Bharatapuzha river
  • Traffic restrictions imposed in low lying areas
  • Over 10 relief camps opened

Kannur

  • Flooding reported in Iritty, Taliparamba taluks
  • Huge destruction in Ayyankunnu, Aaralam, Iritty, Kottiyoor, Kelakam, Kanichar and Karikottakkari panchayats
  • Landslides reported in 12 places. Four houses completely destructed
  • Bavali river, Cheenkani river overflowing
  • Over 100 families shifted to relief camps in Kottiyoor
  • Landslides disrupted traffic in Kottiyoor- Wayanad road

Pathanamthitta

  • Red alert issued in Pamba dam under Sabarigiri hydroelectric project. Presently water level is 986 metres. Only 3 metres left to reach maximum capacity
  • Shutters of Aanathodu dam also opened
  • Authority has alerted people on the Pamba river banks

Thrissur

  • Athirappilly having highest water level in 20 years.
  • Tourists banned in Athirappilly following rain
  • Shutters of Peringalkuthu and Sholayar dams opened
  • Vazhachal and Chappa waterfalls in spate

Alappuzha

  • Nehru Trophy Boat Race scheduled on Saturday postponed. It will be conducted between August 18 – 21.
  • IMD forecasts heavy rain in district till Saturday

Kottayam

  • MG University postpones all exams scheduled on Friday. New dates will be announced later

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