Kerala Rains : Chief Minister Visits Flood-Hit Areas

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , Aug 11 : Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala conducted aerial survey of flood affected areas of the state as red alert will remain  in place till August 14 for Wayanad district and August 13 for Idukki, while for Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram, and Kozhikode it will be till August 11.

Both Chief Minister and leader of Opposition were supposed to land at Kattappana in Idukki but were forced to move to Wayanad due to bad weather conditions.

All the five gates of one of the dams of the Idukki water reservoir in Kerala have been opened to control the swelling water  as 29 people have been killed in the state, battered by rain and landslides. Over 15,600 have been evacuated from affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up.

₹1 crore aid to Kerala

Puducherry government announced relief aid of ₹1 crore to flood-hid Kerala. Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy spoke over phone to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan and assured him of all help to tackle the situation there in the wake of torrential rains.

The State Disaster Management Authority issued a red alert for eight districts following a heavy rainfall warning by the weather office. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services has also issued a tidal flooding alert for Kerala from August 11 to 15.

The army, the navy, the air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are working on evacuation and relief operations.The Indian Army has launched a major rescue and relief operation in flood-ravaged Kerala .The Army pushed its men and machinery into disaster relief and rescue operations at Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idukki after incessant rain and landslides hit various northern districts of the state.

An army spokesperson said Karnataka and Kerala Sub area Headquartered at Bangalore was controlling the “Operation Sahyog” in Kerala.

The Southern Naval Command at Kochi has rescued scores of people stranded in the flood-hit areas of Kerala as part of the Indian Navy’s “Operation Madad” for the rain and landslide-ravaged state.

At the same time, torrential rains in several parts of Kerala since Wednesday took a heavy toll of life and 24 dams had to be opened — first time in the state.

According to the Ministry of Water Resources, the water storage in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week was 77.554 BCM (Billion Cubic Metres), which is 48 per cent of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. It was 45 per cent for last week.

“Water storage level of 91 major reservoirs of the country goes up by 3 per cent,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The report states that the total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM, which is about 63 per cent of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM, estimated to have been created in the country.

As per the Central Water Commission (CWC), states like Odisha, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (two combined projects in both states), Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which come in the eastern and southern regions, had better water storage in reservoirs than last year.

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