21 dead; Amit Shah assures all aid, CM Vijayan calls for ‘extreme caution’


Interior Minister Amit Shah has secured all the help from the Center and said he was continuously monitoring the flood situation in Kerala.

In one of the heavy rains in recent years, the upper ranges of central and southern Kerala are experiencing a situation almost similar to what the state faced during the time of the devastating floods of 2018 and 2019, but authorities said all It was under control and there was no need to panic.

Heavy rains in parts of Kerala have triggered landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts. The meteorological office has forecast heavy to very heavy rains through Sunday morning. 14 people were killed and many more were missing on Saturday as heavy rains hit southern and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides.

Union Interior Minister Amit Shah said the center will provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala who have been affected by the heavy rains and resulting floods. He said in a tweet that the government was “continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rains and floods.” “The central government will provide all possible support to help people in need. NDRF teams have already been dispatched to assist in rescue operations. Praying for everyone’s safety, ”Shah said.

“The situation is really serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought the help of the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been established in the districts, ”Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

Central forces teams, including 11 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), two from the Army and two from the Defense Service Corps, have been deployed to the southern and central parts of the states. The Indian Meteorological Department had issued a red alert for the Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts and an orange alert for the Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alapuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts of the southern state.

A Navy helicopter with relief materials has already been airlifted from INS Garuda in Kochi and headed towards the areas affected by the rain, PTI reported. Two Air Force Mi-17 helicopters arrived and were on standby at AF Station, Shangumugham, Thiruvananthapuram. Although the fury of the rains has subsided, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authorities (KSDMA) said a depression in mean sea level is now found over the southeast contiguous to the east-central Arabian Sea. off the north coast of Kerala-Karnataka and forecast the possibility of light to moderate rains in many places with isolated heavy rains over the state for the next 24 hours and declining further thereafter.

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