Kerala floods to remain grim, relief not in sight

Kerala floods to remain grim, relief not in sight

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Kerala Floods: Situation worsens as reservoirs continue to swell

Updated on August 12: Kerala floods to remain grim, relief not in sight

Kerala floods have been continuously wreaking havoc over the state. Eight districts remain flooded and as per weathermen, rains will continue to lash the state which will only aggravate the situation in the state of Kerala.

As per reports, over 60,000 people are in relief camps across 14 districts of Kerala presently. Rajnath Singh has assesses the situation and said that the conditions are grave and all help will be provided from the centre.

The Indian Army has reconstructed a road damaged at Kochukodakallu-Machiplavu. They have also distributed food and medicines at a camp at Adimali district. So far, at least 33 people have been killed and 6 remain missing.

The flood situation does not seem to be improving anytime soon despite slight reduction in rains.

Updated on August 11 - Kerala floods: Moderate rain to continue, to intensify by Monday

The flood situation remained grim over the state of Kerala as moderate rains occurred in the last 24 hours. In fact, Punalur recorded 27 mm of rain, followed by Kozhikode 22 mm, Karipur 20 mm, Kannur and Alappuzha 18.

Further also we expect moderate rains to continue and on August 14, rainfall may increase more and may worsen the flood situation in parts of Kerala.

Updated on August 10 - Kerala Floods: Situation worsens as reservoirs continue to swell

Kerala floods refuse to take a backseat as heavy showers continue to lash the state. Heavy rainfall activity was observed during the last 24 hours as well.

The death toll which was at 20 yesterday has risen to a 26. The flood situation has gone grimmer in the past 24 hours and it does not seem like there is any relief likely.

Heavy rains did continue through the night due to which the rescue operation teams inclusive of the Indian Armed Forces, the Indian Air Force, the Indian Naval Forces as well as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). In fact, 10 NDRF teams have been carrying out the rescue work and along with the Defence forces, the Coast Guard has also been roped in.

As per sources over 240 relief camps have been set up and more than 15 thousand people have been shifted from low-lying areas. 5,500 people from Wayanad district and 3500 from Ernakulum have been moved to relief camps.

Moreover, two more shutters of the Cheruthoni Dam have been opened once again for easing out the pressure of water on the Idukki reservoir.

The shutters opened after water levels reached to a whopping 2401 feet mark, at around 7:00 am in the morning. Due to rising water levels, 22 dams have been opened during the last few days as water levels have been on the rise. This has caused the Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala to swell.

In the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Thursday, Punalur recorded 48 mm of rain, and Thiruvananthapuram saw 44 mm of rainfall.

Schools as well as colleges will remain shut in parts of Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram and Kollam. In fact, due to the possibility of some showers tomorrow as well, annual Nehru boat race in Alappuzha has been postponed.

The Chief Minister of Kerala has imposed a ban on the movement of heavy goods vehicles and tourist vehicles in the high ranges of Idukki taking into account, the heavy rains over the state. PM Modi has also offered assistance to the state.

As per weathermen at Skymet Weather, rainfall activity will continue to occur over the state of Kerala for another 24 hours. However, rains will not be as intense as they were before. Thus, the situation will not see any massive improvement for at least another 24 hours.

Please Note: Any information picked from here must be attributed to skymetweather.com