Thiruvananthapuram, Aug. 9: Kerala is always a heavy-rained region of India. But, last year, Kerala witnessed floods which disturbed the entire state. Now, shadowing threat again due to the very heavy monsoon, the India Meteorological Department has issued a red warning in nine of the 14 districts in the state on Friday.
Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod have been issued a red warning. Among these, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Wayanad, and Kannur are expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall (more than 204.4 mm).
Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Kottayam have been issued an orange warning. Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam have been given a yellow warning.
A red warning means extremely heavy rainfall, an orange warning indicates very heavy rainfall and a yellow warning indicates heavy rainfall.
As of Friday morning, 10 people have died due to the rains. Among these, two people died in a landslide at Pazhassi colony, Wayanad and two others died in a flash flood in Kuttiadi, Kozhikode.
Wayanad and Nilambur in Malappuram are the worst affected districts with landslides reported from Pazhassi colony and Puthumala in Meppadi, Wayanad. According to reports, rescue personnel has not been able to reach Puthumala as the road is inaccessible.
The National Disaster Response Force personnel have rescued 54 people from Puthumala and one more team is on the way to Wayanad.
Palakkad town and Pala town in Kottayam in central Kerala are flooded. In Attappadi, some of the tribal hamlets are reportedly cut off.
As many as 386 relief camps have been opened, more than 100 of them in Wayanad. The number of people housed there are 26,069.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured that the state is fully equipped to deal with the situation and people should not panic. The CM on Thursday night visited the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram to assess the situation.