Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 42, red alert for 8 districts

Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 42, red alert for 8 districts

Ten columns of the Army together with the Air Force, Navy and NDRF personnel were assisting in rescue and relief operations. PM has promised all help.

Gupta said the water level in the river rose suddenly Wednesday because of monsoon rains in the area, about 460 kilometres (285 miles) south of New Delhi. According to Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) 70-80% cancellations have taken place in Idukki, Munnar, Kumarakkom, which are among the most preferred destinations by domestic and global tourists.

Trains that were on their way to Palakkad have been cut short.

The Southern Naval Command suspended all training activities to help with relief operations as requested by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). A total of 28 deaths were reported on the day.

There is no respite for the people of Kerala from the incessant rains, and lakhs of people are in relief camps across all districts in the state.

The situation in Pathanamthitta district, especially Ranni and its surroundings areas, appeared to be bleak since late Wednesday evening as, local CPI-M legislator Raju Abraham, said things were turning from bad to worse and he was receiving frantic calls from his contituents in Ranni.

Acute shortage of boats is hampering rescue operations in many areas in Kerala. As many as 18 groups were out on the streets to rescue people who were stranded in many parts of the district.

Unceasing torrential rains continued to batter Kerala on Wednesday killing eight more people and taking the death toll to 47 since August 8, and forcing authorities to shut down Kochi worldwide airport till Saturday after water gushed inside the airport area. Four people were killed when a mass of earth fell on a house at Erattupetta in Kottayam district on Thursday.

Seventy two people have been killed so far.

Over 1,000 people living on the banks of Periyar river have been shifted to relief camps as a precautionary measure after the Mullaperiyar dam's shutters were opened and water released through spillway early this morning. Services in Thiruvall-Ernakulam section in MC Road have been suspended.

Meanwhile, train services remained suspended in many parts of the state.

People were air-lifted from parts of the state through the night as Kerala battles the worse floods in nearly a century.

The heavy rain in Kerala since Tuesday filled the reservoirs of the dams to full capacity, and the fresh bout of rainfall on Wednesday claimed 21 lives, including seven members of a family, in a landslide in Malappuram district, and disrupted life in 12 of the 14 districts.

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