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Kerala Floods: 23 Dead; PM Modi Speaks to CM Vijayan, Says Authorities Working On Ground

Home Minister Amit Shah has assured all help from the Centre, and said it was continuously monitoring the flood situation in Kerala.

News18.com | October 17, 2021, 23:35 IST
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Several people have been injured and displaced while 23 have died as heavy rains pounded south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the state. Fourteen deaths were reported in Kottayam’s Koottickal and eight deaths were reported in Idukki. A child has drowned in Kozhikode district. Home Minister Amit Shah has assured all help from the Centre, and said it was continuously monitoring the flood situation Read More

Oct 17, 2021 23:33 IST

Kerala Floods: Live Updates Through the Day

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Oct 17, 2021 21:14 IST

Army, NDRF Teams Deployed

One team of the National Disaster Response Force has been deployed in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts. In addition, 5 more teams have been directed to be deployed in Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur and Palakkad districts. One of the two teams of the Indian Army is deployed in Thiruvananthapuram and one in Kottayam. The Defence Security Corps (DSC) has deployed one team in Kozhikode and one in Wayanad. The Air Force and Navy were instructed to be ready for emergencies.

Oct 17, 2021 20:30 IST

Red and Blue Alerts Issued for Dams

A red alert has been issued for dams Kaki in Pathanamthitta district, Sholayar in Thrissur district, Peringalkuthu, Kundala, Kallarkutty, Mattupetty and Kallar in Idukki district. A blue alert has been issued for Ponmudi dam, Idukki dam in Idukki district and Pampa in Pathanamthitta.

Oct 17, 2021 19:30 IST

CM Vijayan Calls for 'Extra Caution'

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested the public to be extra cautious as the rain continues. In a statement issued by Vijayan, he asked people to take precautions to avoid accidents, and to follow instructions of authorities and shift to safer places if necessary. He also asked the public to avoid unnecessary trips.

Oct 17, 2021 18:38 IST

Kerala Floods: 23 Dead, Kid Drowns in Kozhikode

Several people have been injured and displaced while 23 have died as heavy rains pounded south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the state. Fourteen deaths were reported in Kottayam’s Koottickal and eight deaths were reported in Idukki. A child has drowned in Kozhikode district.

Oct 17, 2021 18:09 IST

This is Why Kerala is Witnessing Heavy Rains & Landslides

Heavy rains have been pounding Kerala since Friday evening. The incessant rainfall has further caused flash floods and landslides in many parts, prompting the state government to seek the assistance of the defence forces for rescue operations. But what triggered this weather? On October 14, a low-pressure system that developed in the east-central Arabian Sea moved closer to Kerala coast. Following this, the southern Indian state began receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall ranging from 115.5mm to 204.4mm in 24-hours, and extremely heavy rain (over 204.4mm in 24-hours) in at least six of its districts since Thursday. READ MORE

Oct 17, 2021 17:15 IST

PM Modi Speaks to CM Vijayan, Says Authorities Working On Ground

Oct 17, 2021 17:08 IST

Centre Will Provide All Help to Kerala, Continuously Monitoring Floods Situation: HM Shah

The Centre will provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala who have been affected by heavy rains and resulting floods, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday. He said in a tweet that the government was “continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding.” “The Central govt will provide all possible support to help people in need. NDRF teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations. Praying for everyone’s safety,” Shah said. READ MORE

Oct 17, 2021 16:27 IST

Kerala Floods: Rains to Continue Till Evening, 105 Relief Camps Set up; Red Alert Issued for Dams

A total of 105 relief camps have been set up across Kerala as heavy rains triggered catastrophic landslides and killed 19 in Kottayam and Idukki districts. READ MORE

Oct 17, 2021 16:16 IST

A Day After Torrential Rains, Heart-wrenching Scenes in Kerala's High Ranges

An elderly woman could be seen running from one person to another screaming through the rain swept roads in this high range hamlet, located at the foothills of Western Ghats mountain ranges, on Sunday morning. ”I have lost everything…everything in my life…where should I go?…who will give me a shelter?” the woman, clad in a tattered saree, asked aloud crying and running here and there. READ MORE

Oct 17, 2021 15:31 IST

Kerala Floods: Toll at 19 as More Bodies Recovered

The death toll in Kerala floods has risen to 19. Thirteen people have died in Kottayam, and six in Idukki in rain-related incidents. In Kottayam district, the bodies of all missing persons have been recovered.

Oct 17, 2021 14:56 IST

Army, Navy, Air Force Roped in for Rescue and Relief

The Army, Navy and Air Force have been mobilised to carry out flood relief operations. In view of Red Alert in five districts of Kerala, Southern Naval Command Headquarters has been made ready to provide assistance to local administration in rescue operations. Meanwhile, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has sought assistance from Southern Naval Command at Kochi for air lifting of marooned families at Koottickal.

Oct 17, 2021 14:36 IST

Water Level Rises in Muvattupuzha River

Water-level in Muvattupuzha river rises due to heavy rainfall in Ernakulum district. India Meteorological Department has issued ‘Yellow’ alert for the district today.

Water Level Rises in Muvattupuzha River
Water-level in Muvattupuzha river rises due to heavy rainfall in Ernakulum district.

Oct 17, 2021 14:30 IST

IAF Helicopters Inducted for Relief Efforts

Oct 17, 2021 14:16 IST

NDRF Deployed for Rescue Operations

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 11 teams for search, rescue and relief operations in the state where the death toll from heavy rains and landslide rose to eight on Sunday.

NDRF Deployed for Rescue Operations
Visuals of damage from heavy rains in Kootickal, Kottayam. (News18)

Oct 17, 2021 13:43 IST

Two More Bodies Recovered from Kottayam

Two more bodies recovered from the site of landslide at Koottikkal, Kottayam district.

Oct 17, 2021 13:12 IST

Death Toll in Kerala Floods Rises to 15

The death toll in Kerala floods has reached 15 after one more body was recovered from Kottayam. As of now, 12 bodies were recovered from Kottayam while 3 bodies were recovered from Idukki.

Oct 17, 2021 12:52 IST

105 Relief Camps Set up Across State: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

“People are requested to take all precautions against the rain. 105 relief camps have been set up across the State and arrangements have been made to start more camps,” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Oct 17, 2021 12:07 IST

Bodies of Two Women, Child Recovered from Koottickal

Bodies of two women and a child were recovered from Koottickal on Saturday. In a separate rain-related incident on Saturday, a man and a woman–both 30-years old– died as their car was swept away in the flood waters in Kanjar in Idukki district. State Revenue Minister K Rajan, who is in Kottayam district to coordinate the rescue efforts, said the government agencies are also probing whether more people were stuck among the debris and slush or were missing.

Oct 17, 2021 11:58 IST

Govt Monitoring Situation, Providing Support: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the government is continuously monitoring the situation in Kerala and providing support to help people in need.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken to CM Vijayan to assess the situation, and said authorities were working on the ground to assist the injured.

In one of the heavy rains in recent years, the high ranges of central and south Kerala are experiencing almost similar to that of the situation the state faced during the time of devastating floods of 2018 and 2019 but authorities said everything was under control and there was no need for any panic.

Heavy rain in parts of Kerala has triggered landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts. The weather office has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Sunday morning. 14 people were killed and many others were missing on Saturday as heavy rain lashed south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Centre will provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala who have been affected by 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 rainfall and flooding.” “The Central govt will provide all possible support to help people in need. NDRF teams have already been sent to assist the 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 help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts,” Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

The Central forces teams including 11 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), two Army and two Defence Service Corps teams have been deployed in Southern and Central parts of the states.

A Navy chopper with relief materials has already been airborne from INS Garuda in Kochi and headed towards rain-affected areas, PTI reported.

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