THIRUVANANTHAPURAM , Aug 12 : As the Meteorological department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall warning in eight districts of Kerala for the next four days with more than half of the 14 districts have been put on high alert, Home Minister Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the state where at least 37 people have died in the torrential rains and landslides that have ravaged Kerala.
Over 30,000 people have been sent to relief camps as the water showed no sign of receding while troops are relentlessly involved in rescue operations in Kerala fighting bad weather, poor communications and connectivity. Indian Army said that a total of more than 1000 people including elderly women and children were rescued from various locations where teams are presently operating.
Worst hit by floods are areas of Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Idukki and Mallapuram. 10 columns comprising more than 40 composite teams are working round the clock to ensure that even the last person stranded at any remote floods hit area is rescued: Indian Army
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.
About 14 teams of NDRF consisting of 404 rescuers and 31 boats were already deployed in various parts of flood-hit districts — Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayand, Kozhikode and Idukki .
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today announced compensation of Rs four lakh each to the families of deceased.
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.
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.