Kerala Rains | Four days of heavy rain from Wednesday; Disaster management system will work at night; Chief Minister
Isolated heavy rain is also possible.
As part of this, yellow alerts have been issued in 10 districts on October 20 and in 6 districts on October 21.
All disaster management systems will be operational full-time in the state.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that the Central Meteorological Department has forecast widespread rains in Kerala for 3-4 days from Wednesday (October 20) as part of the eastern states, including Kerala, to be active. Isolated heavy rain is also possible. As part of this, yellow alerts have been issued in 10 districts on October 20 and in 6 districts on October 21. This shows that the heavy rains are not over. He said.
All disaster management systems will be operational full-time in the state. The low-pressure area formed in the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep has weakened. However, the Central Meteorological Department has forecast showers till tomorrow (Monday) evening. Isolated showers will continue in Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, and Kottayam districts.
Every team of the country-wide catastrophe reaction force has been deployed in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Malappuram districts. in addition, five greater teams had been directed to be deployed in Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur, and Palakkad districts.
One of the two teams of the Indian military is deployed in Thiruvananthapuram and one in Kottayam. They will take part in and lead rescue operations today. One team of Defense Security Corps has been deployed in Kozhikode and one in Wayanad. Two Air Force choppers are stationed at Thiruvananthapuram and INS Garuda, Kochi. They can be deployed at any time in case of need. The CM said the Volunteer Force and the Civil Defense were ready to deal with emergencies.
The Engineer Task Force arrived at the summit at 3 p.m. Police and fire brigade have shifted those trapped near Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district to safer places. The water level in Kuttanad is likely to rise if the Kaki Dam in Pathanamthitta has to be opened in an emergency. He said the NDRF team would be deployed to the Alappuzha district if required.
Thirteen bodies of missing persons have been found in a landslide in the Kottayam district. The district administration said that 9 bodies of those who went missing in the Kokkayar landslide in Idukki district have been found and 2 people are missing. The rescue operation will continue tomorrow.
The CM conveyed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
Fishing has been banned in Kerala, Karnataka, and Lakshadweep till tomorrow. The Kerala-Karnataka-Lakshadweep coast is likely to experience high tides and rough seas till 11.30 pm on October 18, the Met Office said. He said the Central Meteorological Department has warned of possible thundershowers and strong winds across Kerala till October 21.
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