IMD predicts heavy showers, Rajnath Singh to visit flood-affected areas

12 August, 2018, 08:55 | Author: Carlos George
  • Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha

The MeT department has predicted strong winds and heavy rainfall till August 13.

Official sources at the Kerala Disaster Management Authority said the districts of Idukki and Wayanad have sounded a red alert among the eight districts.

Besides this columns of Army, Navy, helicopters of the Indian Airforce and Coast Guard were deployed to undertake relief and rescue operations.

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Union home minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala on Sunday to take stock of the situation in the southern state. He said Kerala is in the midst of an "unprecedented flood havoc" and the calamity has caused "immeasurable misery and devastation". He has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of deceased and Rs 10 lakh to those who lost their property in the Floods.

A total of 35,874 people have been put up in 341 relief camps across Kerala. In another incident, bodies of two women were found in a waterlogged area behind their house at Kuttanad in Alappuzha district. The Idukki and Idamalayar dam shutters were opened this week resulting in rise in water levels along the banks of the Periyar in Idukki, Aluva and other parts of the state.

He will review the search, rescue and relief measures taken by the Kerala government and central government agencies with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, ministers of the state government, the chief secretary besides the senior officers of the central agencies and the state administration, the statement said. In the last three days, crops on over 1,430 hectares of land perished in the flood.

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