The Kerala Government has issued a red alter to at least nine districts as rains played havoc across the state, including Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode. At least 22 people have died in the floods. The water level in the Periyar river and a canal beside the Cochin International Airport is rising. Flights have been cancelled.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met with the officials of the State Disaster Management Authority at their control room to co-ordinate the relief and rescue operations. The water levels in some rivers has risen to the danger point. Heavy rainfall has been forecast in the state from August 15.
Wayanad was in serious trouble as an entire cluster of homes of workers on a tea plantation was swept sway by a landslide. Around 200 are injured and several people trapped under the debris. Two bodies were recovered and 100 people rescued. The Army, the Fire Department and a team of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are at the site. Schools and colleges are shut in all 14 districts. According to officials, Nilambur village in Malappuram is the worst affected.
The Navy tweeted on social media that it has opened it’s INS Garuda in Kochi for civilian flights. The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy is all set to provide assistance to the civil administration.