Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 : Kerala witnessed landslides in Wayanad and Malapurram districts as heavy rains led to a flood-like situation in the state and huge landslide at Meppadi cut-off around 2,000 people there . A temple, mosque and estate workers quarters have collapsed in the area.
Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi will be visiting the constituency on Sunday to oversee the rescue operations. Rahul Gandhi expressed displeasure over the situation and has urged his party cadres to provide aid to the affected people.
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.
Landslide in Nilambur region of Malappuram district, in which reportedly over 40 people are stranded.
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.
Rescue teams reach Kavalappara in Kerala’s 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.While Death toll in Kerala rises to 42.
The meteorological department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours, especially in the hilly areas of the state. Also, North Kerala is going to be affected by winds. The prediction is that from tomorrow the intensity of the rains is going to come down, but on August 15th, it’s going to rain heavily.
Red alert had been issued for Saturday in the worst affected districts of Ernakulam, Palakkad, Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur.
Had the people in the outskirts of Nilambur in Malappuram listened, a big tragedy could have been averted. We are told that 19 families who were told to move out did so, and in the very same area, 40 people who failed to listen to the authorities are reported missing after it was hit by landslide.
“Three bodies have been recovered and two were saved. This should not happen, please listen to the authorities,” Vijayan said.
He also said that Wayanad district continues to be the worst affected, while the situation get tougher if the gates of the Banasura dam were to be opened.
On the presence of the forces which are engaged in relief and rescue operations, he said there are 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and three teams each of the engineering task force and the Army.
“Two more columns of the Army are arriving. With the Cochin airport closed till Sunday, efforts are on to see if the Cochin Naval Base airport can be opened (it was open during last year’s floods). The Centre is always in touch with us,” he said.
He also said that the 67th edition of the Nehru Boat Race, to be held on Saturday at Alappuzha, has been postponed.