As many as 24 people got killed in Kerala in two days due to heavy rains in the state. Flash floods and landslides triggered massive disruption and loss for the state over the weekend. Heavy rains took place due to the low pressure in the Arabian Sea and the officials were alerted which saved several lives. 12 people got killed due to a landslide in Kottayam and 6 people got killed in the Idukki district. Six people passed away in various incidents due to rains in Kerala. The rescue operations are currently on and hundreds of people are evacuated from the coastal region of the state. The India Metrological Department issued a yellow alert in 11 districts of Kerala. Two major landslides took place in the districts of Kokkayar (Idukki district) and Kootickal (Kottayam district).
Kerala: Heavy rain causes landslide, damage & destruction in Koottickal area of Kottayam district. Rescue operation is still underway. pic.twitter.com/MRWAoLWoop— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2021
The maximum rainfall was received in Peerumedu in the Idukki district. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the situation and the government is working hard to save the lives told the Chief Minister. 105 relief camps are arranged in the state and he urged the people to be cautious because of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Pinarayi Vijayan to find out the situation in the state and K Rajan, the Revenue Minister of Kerala announced Rs 4 lakhs to the kin of the deceased due to the Kerala rains. Central Home Minister Amit Shah assured to help the state. "We are continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rains and flooding. The central government will provide all possible help to the state" told Amit Shah.
We are continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. The central govt will provide all possible support to help people in need. NDRF teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations. Praying for everyone’s safety.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 17, 2021
M G Manoj, a scientist at the Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research in Cochin University of Science and Technology predicted more rains for the state today. The weather experts said that cloudburst is the reason for the untimely rains in Kerala. The bad weather is expected to continue for 11 districts of Kerala today.