Kerala on Tenterhooks Again as Red Alert Sounded for 3 Districts Today

13 Août, 2019, 19:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A view of a house whose wall collapsed following heavy monsoon rain in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur on Saturday

Twelve people have so far lost their lives and 7 are missing in neighbouring Wayanad district, which also witnessed alandslide at Puthumala in Meppadi. "People living in areas prone to landslide and flooding should move to relief camps", he said. The weather department did not issue a red alert for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday. It said 40 lives have been lost in Maharashtra, 32 in Karnataka and 24 in Gujarat and major rivers like the Tungabhadra, Krishna in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and their tributaries were in spate and continue to cause enormous destruction and damage.

At least six people died in Chamoli district on Monday in landslides triggered by heavy rain.

The flood situation in western Maharashtra improved on Monday after the water level of two crucial rivers in Sangli and Kolhapur districts receded, PTI reported.

Accompanied by Revenue minister, E Chandrasekharan and Chief Secretary, Tom Jose, the Chief Minister would also be visiting relief centres in Malappuram and hold discussions with people's representatives and officials. In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district.

Two others were also injured in the incident that took place on August 11 evening in Laar village in the district's Mahore belt. "The Pune-Bengaluru National Highway-4 in Kolhapur's Shiroli area was closed for traffic movement following waterlogging on the route due to continuous rain in the region", informed Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Precaution is being maintained in the deluge-hit states as most rivers are in a spate and water is being released from reservoirs.

There is an orange alert in nine districts Tuesday, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, one of the worst-affected areas.

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"There are several people who have completely lost their houses and properties and suffered crop loss".

In Maharashtra, the toll increased to 43 on Monday and as on Sunday almost 4.48 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods.

National Disaster Response Force continued rescue and relief operations on Tuesday in Shirol and Kolhapur, ANI reported.

The state had seen heavy rainfall last week, too, claiming four lives and affecting at least nine districts in south and west Odisha.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Thiruvananthapuram Tuesday predicted fresh spells of active rainfall in Kerala on August 13 and 13.

Humidity was recorded at 84 percent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 0.2 mm rainfall till 8.30 am while Lodhi Road received 0.8 mm rainfall.

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