Kerala floods disrupt life, more than 20 people dead

Massive rains over the last two days in Kerala have led to many deaths and caused a landslide in Nilambur region of Malappuram district, in which reportedly over 40 people are stranded. Transportation has also been seriously affected due to heavy rainfall.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert in nine districts of the state, predicting heavy downpour. The districts where a red alert has been issued are Dukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad among others.

In order to take control of the grim situation, till Friday, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government set up 738 relief camps to house the affected people.

While the state government has set up relief camps to tackle the situation, Congress leader and newly-elected Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi expressed displeasure over the situation and has urged his party cadres to provide aid to the affected people.

Here are the Live Updates:

4:02 pm: IMD on Saturday has issued a Red Alert for eight districts and Orange Alert for six districts in Kerala. A Red Alert has also been issued for 3 districts and Orange Alert for 6 districts of the state for August 11, Sunday.

4:00 pm: Due to heavy rains in Kerala area, the following trains have been cancelled or partially cancelled.

1) Train no.12617 ERS-NZM JCO 10/08/2019 is partially cancelled between ERS-MAQ.

2) Train no. 22476 CBE-HSR JCO 10/08/2019 is partially cancelled between CBE-MAQ.

3) Train no.16312 KCVL-SGNR JCO 10/08/2019 is cancelled.

2:50 pm: Flight operations to begin at Kochi airport from 12 noon tomorrow, ahead of the 3 pm deadline. Airlines have been instructed to facilitate services accordingly.

1:10 pm: Diversion of international flights to Kochi airport

International flights destined for Cochin Airport are being diverted to Trivandrum/Calikut/Kannur Airports in view of closure due to flooding.

1:07 pm: 1,111 camps opened across the state

1,24,446 people shifted to camps

34,386 families in total

218 camps in Kozhikode district inhabiting 25,028 people

186 camps in Wayanad inhabiting 24,990 people

194 houses completely damaged, 2349 houses partially damaged

12:56 pm: 80 landslides in 2 days, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that 42 deaths have occurred in the state. In Wayanad, 11 people have died. Over one lakh people have been shifted to relief camps.

He also said that there have been 80 landslides in two days in in eight districts.

11:53 am: Cleaning operations started at Kochi Airport

Three of the eight stranded aircraft have departed.

11:44 am: CM chaired a high-level meeting with revenue, KSDMA officials at Disaster Relief Head Quarters in Thiruvananthapuram

11:05 am: Relief operations at camp-NCC

Cadets of newly raised 5 Kerala Bn at Wayanad, extending their helping hands at relief camps at Kuppadi and Ambalavayil.

10:52 am: Thunderstorm, rainfall likely to occur in various districts

Thunderstorm accompanied with noderate to heavy rainfall with wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph is very likely to occur at one or two places in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam districts.

9:44 am: Army personnel continue rescue operations in flood-hit Wayanad

9:38 am: Army personnel rescue new born baby in Wayanad

Army personnel have rescued a new born baby from flood-hit Wayanad.

9:22 am: Rahul Gandhi to visit Wayanad on Sunday

Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi will be visiting the constituency on Sunday to oversee the rescue operations.

9:11 am: UAE issues advisory against travel to Kerala due to floods

The UAE has issued a travel advisory to its citizens who are either in Kerala or intend to visit the state to exercise extreme caution in the light of heavy rains, which have caused damaging floods in many areas and killed 28 people.

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.

9:04 am: 30 feared missing after landslide in Malappuram, rescue teams on spot

Rescue teams have reached Kavalappara in Malappuram where more than 30 people are feared missing after a landslide hit the area on August 8. Rescue operations being hampered due to bad weather.

8:52 am: The shutters of Banasura Dam were raised on Monday in order to release excessive water. Banasura Dam shutters will be opened on Saturday evening.

8:43 am: While in Wayanad district, sources said nine people were dead.

8:40 am: With the heavy downpour showing no signs of respite, the state authorities on Friday declared a holiday for all educational institutions in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts.

8:36 am: According to sources, 10 people each died in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts of the state due to floods.

8:30 am: As the situation continued to remain grim, the state government set up 988 relief camps, in which as many as 1,07,669 people were shifted.

8:25 am: The death toll due to floods reached 42 in the state.

8:21 am: As a precautionary measure, fishermen have been advised not to venture into these areas till Saturday night.

8:18 am: The weather body has also predicted high waves in the range of 3.2-3.7 metres till Saturday night along the coast of Kerala from Pozhiyoor to Kasargod.

8:09 am: An orange alert has been issued in five districts Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, and Kasargod.

8:02 am: Kerala continued to remain on edge on Saturday morning following incessant rains in the state. The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state for the next four days.