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After the August deluge last year, Kerala once again is under the wrath of the monsoons. The state is facing heavy rainfall and flood like situation in many parts. Red alert has been issued in four districts - Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad after torrential rains washed up the low lying areas, flooding them.
The monsoon in the state intensified leading to heavy rains causing schools and other educational institutions to shut down.
According to Business Today, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired an emergency meeting to evaluate the situation in the state. "We have requested more NDRF teams to be sent to the state. Already two teams have been sent to Nilambur and Idukki," a CMO release said.
Many low lying areas in the state have been flooded, after the rise in the waters of Manimala, Meenachal, Moovattupuzha, Chaliyar, Valapattanam, Iruvazjinjpuzha and Pamba rivers. Some areas also experienced landslides.
Apparently there is a bus station somewhere here. Photo from #Munnar #KeralaFloods #KeralaRain pic.twitter.com/6S4Pr52wg9— Bobins Abraham (@BobinsAbraham) 8 August 2019
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in the state for the next 3 days. The IMD also issued a red alert in Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) also issued a red alert for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and orange alert has been issued for Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod for Thursday.
Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA): Red alert issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, & orange alert issued for Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargod, for today (8th August). pic.twitter.com/useksPxpVr— ANI (@ANI) 8 August 2019
The state has also opened the Maniyar dam over the Kakkattar river. Helplines numbers have also been functional in the state after it received heavy rainfall. All airline operations have been suspended from Cochin International Airport till Sunday as the runway is flooded. The Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also been called to rescue people stuck in flood prone areas.
According to India Today, 14 people are dead and 22,000 have been evacuated to 315 relief camps.
The downpour has already caused some damage: toppled trees and electric lines affected rail connectivity in Alappuzha on Wednesday evening. Electric supply has been affected in multiple areas, and the rising water levels have forced evacuations in Wayanad.#KeralaRain— The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) 8 August 2019
#WATCH A house collapsed in Kalpetta in Kerala following heavy rainfall in the region, earlier today. The house was empty when the incident occurred. pic.twitter.com/n6gi024VR3— ANI (@ANI) 8 August 2019
Monsoons in Kerala wreaked havoc last year causing widespread damage, the effects of which people are still recovering from.
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