Landslides and floods have killed at least 27 people in Kerala, India, since the onset of heavy rains on Friday. This information has been informed in the report of India Today on Sunday.
Of the 26 people, 13 were from Kottayam, nine from Idukki and four from Alapuzha district, ANI quoted the state’s information and public relations department as saying.
The army, NDRF, police and fire brigade along with locals started rescue operations in Kuttikal in Kottayam district and Kokkayar in Idukki district on Sunday morning. More than a dozen people are reported missing due to landslides caused by heavy rains there. An operation is underway to find the missing persons in the rubble.
Officials said three children, aged 6, 7 and 4, were found lying side by side among the bodies recovered.
From the military station at Pangode, the Madras Regiment began the rescue operation at the village of Kavali, 4 km from Kuttikal.
A Navy helicopter carrying relief supplies was heading from INS Garuda to a rain-affected area of the state, the Defense PRO said. Two MI-17 helicopters are ready at Shangumugam Air Force Station.
According to the Defense PRO, an army team with an engineering and medical team from the DSC center in Kannur reached Wanade in the rescue operation. An engineering task force from Bangalore is expected to go to Wanade soon. So far 3 teams have been deployed by the army.
NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said on Saturday that one team each would be deployed in Malappuram, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Kottayam, Kannur and Kollam and two teams would be deployed in Idukki.
Home Minister Amit Shah today said the Center was monitoring the situation in Kerala and had already deployed NDRF teams to assist in the rescue operation.
“We are monitoring the situation in some parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rains and floods,” he said. The central government will provide all kinds of assistance to the helpless. I am praying for everyone’s safety.