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Kerala Floods: State Faces Monsoon Fury as Red Alert Issued The state disaster management body has issued a red alert for 11 of the 14 districts

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THE FLOOD situation in Kerala has worsened with the state disaster management body issuing a red alert for 11 of the 14 districts.

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority posted a note on Facebook warning about the rising flood waters and the steps being taken for relief and rescue.

Over 2 dozen people have been killed and nearly 15,000 evacuated due to the continuous rains with dams overflowing and most rivers in the statein spate.

The National Disaster Response Force has deployed its teams in the state and the central government has also roped in the armed forces to help with the relief and rescue efforts.

Various dams in the state have been forced to open their gates to release the rising water with the dam in Idukki forced to open its gate yesterday for the first time in 26 years.

All five gates of the dam were opened by this afternoon and the water released is expected to increase the flow of water in the Periyar river’s downstream areas.

Kerala Floods: State Faces Monsoon Fury as Red Alert Issued
Evacuation by National Disaster Response Force personnel in Kerala. Photo: Facebook/NDRF

The state government has set up about 240 relief camps and made arrangements for the evacuation of stranded tourists in many popular travels destinations in the state.

KJ Alphons, a junior minister for tourism and a lawmaker from the state, has called this “the worst flood in Kerala’s history”.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is scheduled to make an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured all assistance to the state.

The Southern Naval Command has launched operation “Madad” for assisting the state government and helping in disaster relief operations.

Kerala celebrates the harvest festival of Onam beginning Aug. 15, India’s Independence Day, and the weather has hit the plans of many who travel home to take part in the celebrations.

#KeralaFloods: WHAT THEY SAID

CMO Kerala

NDRF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Indian Navy

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