KERALA FLOODS CLAIM 23 LIVES, MANY MISSING. HOUSE AND ROADS DESTROYED

Heavy rainfall has caused deadly flash floods across the state of Kerala similar to the devastating floods in 2018. The current floods have till now claimed 23 lives, and many people are yet to be found, dead or alive. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for ‘extra caution’ as rainfall is expected to continue throughout the week.

The 2018 floods which made headlines was one of the deadliest floods the country has ever witnessed. The floods in Kerala claimed upto 500 lives and around $60 billion in damages. As the state recovered from it, there was another flood in 2019.  2020 was relatively safer in the state as far as the weather was concerned, but 2021 has not been the same.

The rains that began last week have brought destruction in several parts of Kerala, especially the central region. 14 deaths were reported in Kottayam’s Koottickal and 8 deaths were reported in Idukki. Several bodies were found from digging into the debris after the landslides that occurred. Video of entire houses collapsing into the flooding rivers have been shared online, which exposes the momentum of the rainfall. Southern districts have seen less damage, but there has been water logging in several parts of the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.

Ponmudi has been showing great rains and heavy storms. In Kozhikode a child died by drowning whereas in parts of Kottayam, families have been separated due to the heavy rains, several families have expressed concern and shock over missing loved ones who are assumed dead. Idukki district collector Sheeba George has said that rescue operations were hindered due to subsequent landslides and soil erosion. Four houses were swept away in the landslide. Mi-17 and Sarang Helicopters have already been on standby to meet the requirements but they have not been able to start operations due to the perpetual heavy rains in Kottayam.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern via twitter. He said he had spoken to CM Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the floods and said he is praying for those affected.

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