Incessant rains continued to wreak havoc in India’s southernmost state, Kerala on Friday. Whereabouts of around 25 people have been reported missing and are feared to dead in the southern state due to heavy rainfall for the past two days.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has flagged red alert for four districts – Kozhikode, Wayanad, Idukki and Malappuram for the next 2 days. An orange alert has been sounded for five more districts in the state.
Normal life has taken a hit. School and colleges have been closed. Roads have been inundated with water and rail services have been affected in the state. Flight operations in Kochi have been stranded in view of the heavy rains.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged for Centre’s help to provide Army and Air Force personnel.
In view of the swelling rivers and dams around 22,500 people have been evacuated and 330 relief camps have been set up.
Many human establishments have been washed away in the torrential rains. Kannur, Kazhikode, Wayanad and Mallapuram districts have been worst affected.
Wayanad district Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has asked for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assistance and has said in his tweet, “The flood situation in my parliamentary constituency, Wayanad is grim. I’m monitoring the situation closely and have spoken to the Kerala CM. I will be reaching out to PM Modi as well to brief him and request Central Government’s assistance.”
Meanwhile, Meppad in Wayanad has around 150 civilians trapped in a major landslide.