Five dead due to heavy rains causing landslides and flash floods in Kerala | India News

Five dead due to heavy rains causing landslides and flash floods in Kerala |  India News


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: At least five people were killed and 20 were missing on Saturday as heavy rains hit southern and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts, prompting the state government to seek help from the Army and Air Force for rescue operations.
Meteorological experts attributed the intense spell, which saw many places registering more than 5 cm of rain in a span of two hours, to a “mini cloud explosion event.” Peermade recorded the highest rainfall in the state with 24 cm followed by Cheruthoni, Chalakudy and Poonjar with 14 cm. Six districts were placed on red alert on Saturday. According to IMD’s daily monsoon report, Kerala received 74% excess rain on Saturday. Between October 7 and 13, the state received 166% excess rain with an average of approximately 19 cm of rain.
Several people were injured and displaced in incidents related to the rain. Dams in many districts are reaching full capacity and small towns and villages in mountainous areas are cut off from the outside world. Kottayam and Pathanamthitta are the worst affected districts as of now. “The situation is dire,” Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The IAF and the Army have deployed their assets in Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta. Army personnel from the Pangode military station have been transferred to the flood-affected areas. The Mi-17 and Sarang helicopters are on standby to fulfill the requirements at the Sulur air base. However, due to bad weather, they could not be operated until late at night. All bases under Southern Air Command have been placed on high alert in light of the prevailing weather situation, a defense spokesman said. A high-level meeting chaired by Pinarayi resolved to intensify rescue operations in the places most affected by the heavy rains. He called on officials to strictly monitor the water levels in the dams.
Meanwhile, three members of a family died and almost eight people disappeared after a landslide in Plappally in Kottayam. Another landslide hit Kokkayar on the Kottayam-Idukki border and eight people are missing.




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