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Kerala rain Update: Death toll escalates, IMD issues red alert


SUKIRTI MISHRA 09/08/2019 10:50 AM
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Kerala. The constant rainfall in Kerala over past 2 days has created a flood like situation, claiming 4 more lives on Friday. The death toll has scaled to 10. Till Friday morning, 330 relief camps have been set up sheltering around 22,500 people. The India Meteorological Department issued a red alert on Friday in 4 districts, viz, Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode. Forecasting more rains across Kerala, the IMD has alerted
of “excessively heavy” rains at isolated places in these areas. 5 districts have also been issued an orange alert. 

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The incessant rainfall has impacted train services across the State. Kochi Airport operations were suspendedtill 3 pm. Several towns in Kozhikode, Kannur and Malappuram districts have been flooded due to overflowing rivers. A temple, church, a few houses and vehicles have been buried beneath the mud, while several people are feared to be missing. 

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the army's help and additional 13 more units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for the rescue and relief operations.

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Rahul Gandhi has also stepped in to aid people of his constituency. He ensured to speak to PM Narendra Modi to see maximum help is extended to Wayanad. In Wayanad, a huge landslide at Meppadi has marooned around 2,000 people. A temple, mosque and estate workers quarters have collapsed in the area. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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