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Red alert issued in all the 14 districts of Kerala

Red alert issued in all the 14 districts of Kerala
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Red alert issued in all the 14 districts of Kerala

 

Thiruvananthapuram– A red alert has been issued in all the 14 districts of the state  after flooding homes, destroying roads, and disrupting air and rail traffic in many places, in which around 100 people have lost their lives since August 8 . Kerala reels under one of the worst floods in its history.

Indian navy began airlifting marooned people in Trichur, Aluva and Muvattupuzha, battling inclement weather conditions.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seeks more aid, additional Army personnel and helicopters considering the situation. For the first time in history, the state has opened 35 of its 39 dams.

Operations at the Cochin International Airport have been suspended till August 26 due to flooding in and around the airport.Train services have been disrupted and road transport services are in disarray with stretches of roads coming under water. The government rescheduled the vacation for schools from 17 August to 29th August. Rise in flood waters in Periyar River due to the rains and opening of all shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir, and Idamalayar, have severely affected lives of people in downstream areas.