Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the deaths of over 100 peoploe in Kerala as of today. Thirty people died in rain-related incidents alone yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Kochi after attending the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is expected to take place around 4 pm.
Authorities are worrying that the death is likely to go up as hundreds of people stranded in flooded areas, especially in and around Aluva and Pathanamthitta-Chengannur areas, were unable to get help in the last 24 hours. Many rescue team members reported that they were unable to rescue people even after they had reached near their houses due to huge compound walls and heavy inflow of water.
All rivers are in spate and shutters of 35 dams (out of a total of 39 dams in the state), including Mullaperiyar, have been opened. Operations at the Cochin International Airport have been suspended till August 26 due to flooding in and around the airport. All schools also declared holidays.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he discussed the flood situation in Kerala with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala Chief Minister just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations” he added.
“Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding,” he tweeted. The met office has predicted heavy rainfall till Saturday. Thirteen of the 14 districts in Kerala are on red alert – the exception is Kasaragode. Idukki is the worst affected.