Kerala floods: Toll rises to 59; IMD issues red alert for 3 districts; Rahul Gandhi to arrive on two-day state visit today

The death toll in the monsoon fury in Kerala rose to 59 on Sunday

Press Trust of India August 11, 2019 11:54:48 IST
Kerala floods: Toll rises to 59; IMD issues red alert for 3 districts; Rahul Gandhi to arrive on two-day state visit today
  • The death toll in the monsoon fury in Kerala rose to 59 on Sunday

  • According to official sources, one body each was recovered this morning from Kozhikode and Alapuzha districts

  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is to arrive on a two-day visit to Kerala this afternoon and would visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, which is among the worst affected

Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll in the monsoon fury in Kerala rose to 59 on Sunday with two bodies being recovered while there was a slight let-up in the rains in some regions in the state, officials said.

Kerala floods Toll rises to 59 IMD issues red alert for 3 districts Rahul Gandhi to arrive on twoday state visit today

Members of a rescue team wade through a water-logged area during heavy rains on the outskirts of Kochi. Reuters

According to official sources, one body each was recovered this morning from Kozhikode and Alapuzha districts, which are among the worst hit by the torrential rains since last week.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting with senior officials on Sunday morning to review the flood situation.

They also discussed the search operations at Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad districts respectively, where several people are feared to have been buried alive four days ago in two major landslides.

Over 1.65 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,318 relief camps across the southern state where the rains have triggered numerous landslides or caused floods in most of its 14 districts.

There were reports of let-up in rains some parts while the meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for three districts - Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod for Sunday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will arrive on a two-day visit to Kerala this afternoon and would visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, which is among the worst affected.

He is expected to visit relief camps at Kottakal in Nilambur, Mambad, Edavannappara and attend a review meeting at the Malappuram Collectorate, Congress sources said.

Gandhi will visit the affected areas in Wayanad on Monday.

The international airport at the state's commercial capital Kochi, which was closed for two days after the inundation of the runway, will resume operations this noon.

The Southern Railway on Sunday fully cancelled 10 trains including the Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram Express, Maveli Express, Malabar Express, Kannur-Ernakulam Intercity Express,
Ernakulam-Bengaluru Intercity express and four passengers.

Seven trains have been partially cancelled and two trains diverted, it announced.

Various agencies, including the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, NDRF, police force, volunteers and fishermen are involved in the rescue operations at various places.

This is the second consecutive year that the floods and landslides have ravaged Kerala which is yet to recover from the devastating deluge that claimed over 400 lives last year and had rendered lakhs homeless.

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