At least 22 people have reportedly lost their lives due to flash floods and landslides in Kerala following incessant rains on Saturday. Disturbing visuals of houses collapsing have gone viral.
The toll from disastrous flooding caused by heavy rains and landslides in hilly areas of two central Kerala districts rose to 23 as rescue workers recovered more bodies from the rubbles on Sunday.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 11 teams for search, rescue and relief operations in the state where the death toll from heavy rains and landslides rose to 19 on Sunday.
The cyclone is likely to make landfall on the southern coast on Friday.
Rahul Gandhi assured the affected people that he would once again urge the state government to provide all the necessary assistance to them.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has written letters to Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Harsh Vardhan and Nitin Gadkari seeking help to rehabilitate flood-hit Wayanad.
Gopinathan, an officer from the AGMUT cadre, was serving as the secretary of the power, urban development and town and country planning departments of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
In Kerala, a red alert has been issued for Ernakulam, Idduki and Alappuzha as extremely heavy rains are expected in central areas of the state.
Congress leader Gandhi had visited flood-hit areas including worst-hit Puthumala in Wayanad district and Kavalappara near Nilambur in Malappuram district.
Kerala has been grappling with massive floods in several districts, and at least 50 people are said to be missing. More than two lakh people had been evacuated to relief camps till Sunday across the state.
It was believed that the woman, Geethu, 21, was lying with her one-and-half-year-old son Dhruv, holding his hand when the unexpected flood fury and landslide had swept them away on Friday afternoon.
Over 1.65 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,318 relief camps across the southern state, where the rains have triggered numerous landslides or caused floods in most of its 14 districts.
The Kochi International airport had on Friday suspended all operations till Sunday as the runway area in the airport was waterlogged due to floods.
Besides Wayanad, the continuous rains have triggered multiple landslides and overflowing rivers have caused flooding in several parts of Malappuram, Kannur and Idukki in the north and central Kerala.
Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Kerala on Friday with the toll in the last three days rising to 28 in monsoon-related incidents, including two massive landslides, and over 64,000 people being shifted to relief camps.
As per the last count, nearly 44,000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left 12 people dead in the past few days.
At least 62 people have been killed and lakhs displaced as incessant rains and floods wreaked havoc in Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka. Catch the live updates here.
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