Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is undertaking visit to the flood-affected areas of the state, which has have been pounded by heavy rains since the past few days. A vigorous southwest monsoon has left a trail of destruction across the southern state, killing at least 29 people over the last 48 hours.
Due to inclement weather, the Chief Minister’s helicopter could not land at Kattapana in Idukki, where he had called for a meeting to review the situation in the backdrop of the opening of five shutters of Idukki Dam. The helicopter has left for Wayanad and the chief minister would be visiting a relief camp and attend a review meeting at the collectorate.
VIjayan is accompanied by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, Revenue minister, E Chandrasekharan, state Chief Secretary, Tom Jose and state Police Chief Loknath Behara. A red alert has been issued for 8 districts– Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Kottayam, Alappuzha of the 14 districts in the state by the Indian Meteorological Department. Over 54,000 people have been shifted to relief camps across the state.
The centre assured all assistance to the state government after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke about the situation with the chief minister. Army, Navy and Coast Guard are conducting relief and rescue operations in the state