Kerala’s Flood Condition Getting Worse : 45 People Dead & 1 Lakh Affected !! PM Modi Tweets !!

The state of Kerala seem to have no respite from the rains that have been causing havoc in the state over the past one week. On Wednesday, due to the increase in the water levels at the Mullaperiyar dam, the dam shutters were opened at 2.30 am. With this, shutters of 33 dams in Kerala have been opened. Many districts in the state have been inundated with water following heavy rains and controlled discharge from dams.

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The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) announced on Wednesday, that all flight operations at the Kochi airport have been suspended till 2 pm on August 18. This comes after the water in Chengalthodu canal, which runs near the airport, overflowed, causing inundation of the runways.

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Since August 8, there has been widespread destruction following incessant rains, causing rivers to overflow. The opening of shutters of 27 dams in the state has resulted in widespread damage to crops and properties.

The death toll presently stands at 45, and four people are missing. According to a rough estimate, more than one lakh people have been affected.

Idukki and Wayanad are the worst-hit districts, while Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam too have been badly affected.

The bags reportedly contain food supplies for the personnel stationed at a wireless response centre in Wayanad. Wireless response centres are important for coordination between rescue forces during disaster. A team of personnel stays in the response centre for a week at a stretch and the food supplies help them survive for the week.

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PM Modi Tweeted regarding the heavy rainfall and floods.

A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) inter-state bus plying between Karnataka and Kerala was stranded on a flooded road in Wayanad on Wednesday, due to the heavy rains. The bus that started service from Kozhikode to Bengaluru on Tuesday night, broke down in Sulthan Bathery, after which, the passengers were put on another bus and the journey resumed later.

The KSRTC bus has been taken to the nearest depot for repair work.

As far as Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) is concerned, no services have been suspended as of now, a KSRTC official confirmed to TNM.

However, the buses that started from parts of Kerala to Bengaluru last night are yet to reach its destination because of the heavy rains and flood, the official said.

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At least nine buses are stuck in transit in several places, including Thamarassery and Kuttiadi.

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“Many buses are currently stuck in blocks in Thamarassery ghat roads. Most of our buses go through Mysuru route. We are, as of now, unable to give an exact figure of the number of services affected. Nearly eight buses have just reached Payyannur; they were supposed to reach by morning,” the official said.

A decision is yet to be taken on whether operations between the two states should be completely suspended, the official added.

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Meanwhile, the rain and flood situation in Kerala worsened on Wednesday, with the red alert issued in 12 districts has been extended to all 14 districts of the state. Holiday has been declared on August 16 for all educational institutions, including professional colleges in Thrissur, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts.

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