Death toll in Kerala and Karnataka touches 131, flood rescue continues

Rescue operations at the site of a landslide in Puthumala at Wayanad Kerala

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a "cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers" for the next five days in the state. In neighbouring Wayanad, which was also rocked by a massive landslide at Puthumala, 12 people have lost their lives and seven are still missing.

In Malappuram, which was rocked by a series of landslips triggered by downpour at Kavalappara and Kottakunnu, the toll has climbed to 29, with 32 people still missing.

Over 120 people were airlifted from an inundated road in Kutch as rescue operations were stepped up on August 12 in flood-hit Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra - the four states where over 200 people have perished so far. "You don't have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives", said Gandhi while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady on Monday.

Floods also hit Maharashtra state where at least 40 deaths were reported, while an estimated 400,000 people were forced to leave their homes. In Maharashtra, the death toll increased to 43 and almost 4.5 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. A total of 4,08,322 people have been rescued from the district and evacuated to safer places, the data showed.As many as 1,224 relief camps are now operational in the state with 3,93,956 people taking shelter in them, while 372 medical teams have been deployed.

In Kozhikode district, 17 deaths have been reported and over 60,000 people shifted to 209 camps. From Kerala to Karnataka and from Gujarat to Maharashtra, nature has created a furore.


As the rains receded, rescue operations in affected areas have become smooth, he said, adding that the next major rescue task was to evacuate people from mudslide-prone areas. In Wayanad, more than 35,000 people have taken shelter in 212 relief camps.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has demanded Rs 10,000 crore for flood-relief work. The flood affected Shoranur-Kozhikode section has been fully restored and up and down lines have been made fit for train operation, Railways said.

In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared on Monday, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods.

Kochi: Collectors of Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki and Thrissur have declared Wednesday (14-08-2019) a holiday for all educational institutions in the districts.

According to an India Meterological Department update, heavy rains are likely in the next two days in south Kerala.

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