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Red alert in 6 districts; Idukki landslide death toll climbs to 43: IMD

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Kerala, Aug 10, 2020: Heavy rains continue to lash Kerala since the past three days. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued red alert for six districts of Kerala on Sunday saying that they will receive over 20 cm rainfall over Monday.


There is likely to be a reduction in rainfall from Tuesday, they said.

The massive landslide that occurred in Idukki district has so far killed 43 people with 17 more bodies retrieved from the debris since Friday.

An Air India flight with over 190 passengers and crew members onboard skidded off the runway at the Calicut Airport on Friday evening. The flight was coming from Dubai and was part of the Vande Bharat mission.

Kerala rains updates:

7.51 am: The IMD has sounded a red alert and predicted extremely heavy rainfall in Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Alappuzha districts. IMD officials said almost all districts north of Alappuzha are likely to receive over 20 cms rains.

Despite adverse weather conditions in Idukki district’s Pettimudi, rescue operations by NDRF, fire and police department personnel are continuing to recover bodies of more people feared trapped in the landslide, officials said.

While 12 people were rescued, 43 bodies were found.

Meanwhile, the water level at Mullaperiyar reservoir in Idukki district of Kerala reached 136 feet late Sunday night.

READ HERE| Water level at Mullaperiyar reservoir reaches 136 feet

Considering the spread of coronavirus, the authorities have opened separate camps for different categories of the flood-affected people.

In Ernakulam district, 1,203 flood-affected people have been shifted to relief camps.

While 1,118 people have been lodged in general relief camps, 67 senior citizens are in camps for those above 60 years of age.


courtesy: IndiaToday

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