Relief and rescue operations in full swing in Kerala; PM Modi discusses situation with CM
In Kerala, the death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 25 as more bodies were recovered. Incessant rains that lashed across the State, over the last few days has showed a gradual declining trend as depression in Arabian sea weakened. AIR correspondent reports, the rescue operations are continuing in full swing in the worst-hit districts of Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta.
Armed forces, Police personnel, NDRF teams are coordinating the rescue missions. Over 8000 people are shifted to various relief camps across the State.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting and took stock of the situation today. Expert panel has been appointed to decide on matters relating to raising the shutters of various dams. Opening of colleges had been postponed to 25th of this month. Meanwhile, MeT Department forecasts that chances to heavy rains are less today and tomorrow and no alerts has been declared so far. But from Wednesday the showers are likely to intensify.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rain and landslide in the State. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, it is saddening that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and landslides in Kerala. He expressed condolence to the bereaved families. The Prime Minister said, authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected people. He prayed for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has also expressed grief over the loss of lives due to floods in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, he is deeply distressed and prayed for the safety of those affected by floods.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that his Ministry is continuously monitoring the situation in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Shah said that the central government will provide all possible support to help people in need. Mr Shah informed that National Disaster Response Force teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations in the State.
In Kerala, the death toll in rain-related incidents rose to 25 as more bodies were recovered. Incessant rains that lashed across the State, over the last few days has showed a gradual declining trend as depression in Arabian sea weakened.
Meanwhile, the Kerala State Electricity Board has said that the water level in Idukki dam is likely to touch the red alert level by this evening. A state level expert committee on dams will take a decision on releasing water from the dam soon.
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