Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 15 people have been killed while at least 13 people have been reported missing, including five children in Kerala since last night, as a result of heavy rains that triggered landslides. As more bodies are recovered, the deaths climb to 15, with 12 bodies being found in Kottayam, and 3 in Idukki districts of Kerala.
To intensify the rescue efforts Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a high-level meeting and said that all means will be used to evacuate people stranded in areas flooded due to heavy rain in the state, including Kottayam.
On the state government’s request, the Army, Navy and Air Force have stepped in to help the civil administration handle the situation. The National Disaster Response Force has decided to deploy 11 teams. A total of 33 people, including eight women and seven children, have been rescued so far, according to the National Disaster Response Force.
Rain intensity in most parts of Kerala has reduced as of morning Sunday, however, there was continuous rain through the night. No new instances of flooding yet.
Indian Air Force (IAF) medium-lift helicopters inducted for flood relief efforts
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The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), the Air Force, Navy, and the Army have all been pressed into service in assisting rescue and relief operations.
National Disaster Management Authority advises how to stay safe in the event of a landslide
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#WATCH Indian Navy drops relief material at landslide-affected Koottickal in Kottayam district, Kerala
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Kerala Chief Minister says 105 relief camps have been set up across the state
“People are requested to take all precautions against the rain. 105 relief camps have been set up across the state and arrangements have been made to start more camps,” said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the heavy rains in Kerala since last night.
“As per Central Water Commission, the water level in Madamon, Kalluppara, Thumpaman, Pullakayar, Manikkal, Vellaikadavu and Aruvipuram dams in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram districts is rising,” continued the Chief Minister.