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18 killed as heavy rains trigger landslides, flash floods in Kerala; rescue operations on

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said relief camps have been opened in the disaster-struck regions

18 killed as heavy rains trigger landslides, flash floods in Kerala; rescue operations on
At least 18 people died and a dozen were missing on Sunday as heavy rains pounded south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts, prompting the state government to seek the assistance of the defence forces for rescue operations.
The Army, NDRF, police and the Fire Force along with the locals began rescue operations on Sunday morning at Koottickal and Kokkayar panchayats.
Many hilly areas of Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta are experiencing almost similar to that of the situation the state faced during the time of devastating floods of 2018 and 2019.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said relief camps have been opened in the disaster-struck regions. He directed the authorities concerned to ensure that the camps are functioning adhering to COVID-19 health protocols.
"Those in the camps should ensure the use of masks and that social distancing is maintained. Authorities should calculate the maximum number of people who can be accommodated in the camps. The district authorities can increase the number of camps in case more people are required to be accommodated," Vijayan said.
Weather officials said Peermade in the hill district of Idukki received 24 cm rains till 5.30 pm on Saturday. Automatic weather stations in North Paravur reported 38mm rains, Muvattupuzha (89.5mm), Palluruthy (34 mm) and Neeleswaram in Northern Kerala district received 125.5mm of rain till 8.30 pm on Saturday, they said.
Home Minister Amit Shah said the Central government will provide all possible support to help people in Kerala.
"We are 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," he tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)
 
 
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