Kochi:So far 4 people have died and 10 people are missing due to heavy rains in many districts of Kerala.At Kottikal in Kottayam and Kokkayar in Idukki, landslides caused by rain caused the death of four people.It has been raining heavily in Kerala for several days.The Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for 6 districts.It has been told that the rainy season will continue in Kerala till October 20.
Heavy rains on Saturday wreaked havoc in many areas of South and Central Kerala.Ten people are feared missing due to landslides in the border areas of the Kottayam and Idukki districts.In view of the landslide, the state government has sought cooperation from the Indian Air Force in the rescue operations.
The Chief Minister's Office has informed that assistance has been sought from the Air Force in Kottikal in Kottayam district in the hilly areas of Kottayam and Idukki, where some families are in trouble due to landslides.Officials said there were reports of landslides in the areas around Kottikal and Peruvanthanam.Both these areas fall in Kottayam and Idukki districts respectively.
Mi-17 and Sarang helicopters deployed
At least 10 people are feared missing in these incidents, the official said.A Defense Ministry spokesman said that the Indian Air Force and the Army deployed in Kerala are on alert there.In the statement, the spokesperson said, "Mi-17 and Sarang helicopters are deployed to meet the requirements.In view of the weather conditions in Kerala, all the bases of the Southern Command of the Air Force have been put on high alert.
4 landslides in Kottayam district
Earlier, Cooperation and Registration Minister VN Vasavan said that at least three houses were washed away in the Kottayam district and 10 people were feared missing.He said that the meeting of the officers of the Air Force and the Army is going on with the officials of the state government.
“At least four landslides have been reported from different parts of Kottayam district.We have sought cooperation from the Air Force so that the people trapped in the Kottikal area can be rescued.We have information about some people missing and more than 60 people are waiting for rescue work as water has entered the houses.
Kottayam and Pathanamthitta are the worst affected districts due to heavy rains in the state since Friday night.Videos from different parts of the Kottayam district have surfaced on social media.In this video, a KSRTC bus is stuck in floodwater and local people are evacuating passengers from it.
6 teams of NDRF deployed in 5 districts
A press release issued by the Chief Minister's Office said, "6 teams of NDRF are deployed in Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam.Instructions have been given to deploy two army teams in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam districts.The Air Force has been requested to be ready in case of emergency.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) is in touch with the Navy.Relief and rescue teams have been asked to be on standby.Not only this, relief and rescue operations will be started with the help of a helicopter as soon as the weather clears.The Southern Command of the Navy is fully prepared to help the local administration.