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Kerala on High Alert after 34 deaths because of flood

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Till 15th August Kerala is no high alert. The weather department has forecast warning in low- lying areas. Fisherman have been advised not to go into the arabian sea till 15th august.

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Officials on Saturday said, more than 14 districts have been put on high alert. Because the death rate has touched a number of 34 in southern state.

Rescue operations being carried out following a landslide, triggered by heavy rains at Adimali, in Idukki, Kerala on Thursday. Photo: PTI

Landslides and rains during India’s June-September monsoon destroy farms. Thus people are asked to move away for a while.

Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres) have been damaged and 31,000 people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s (KSDMA) control room in the state capital.

A senior official there said eight districts had been put on varying levels of high alert.

Another government official previously told Reuters that crop worth ₹342 crore ($49.65 million), across 26,824 hectares had been destroyed by rains since their onset on 29 May.

P.H. Kurian, KSDMA’s chief and a top state bureaucrat, said rains had eased.

“There was no rain in the catchment areas of major reservoirs today,” Kurian said. “However, we will continue our alert and preparedness till August 15.”

Kerala state Authorities have opened gates of 25 water reservoirs which the state has never done before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal home minister Rajnath Singh was expected to travel to the state on Sunday to take a stock of the relief and rescue operations, Kurian added.

The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.

Despite the rains, tens of hundreds of Hindus across the state gathered on the banks of rivers and roads to perform a ritual in honour of their ancestors.

Rescue Teams in Kerala

Eight columns of army, are carrying out relief operations in different parts of the State. Adimali in Idukki has two columns of army. There are five columns in areas such as Kannur, Kozhikode and Panamaram. Another column is carrying out relief operations in Malappuram.

 

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