Kerala: 15 people killed, several missing due to heavy rain

Weather report forecasted that for next 24 hours heavy rain in Kottayam and Idukki districts. Kerala government has started rescue operation and started camps to help needy

Kerala: 15 people killed, several missing due to heavy rain

Thiruvanthapuram: Rain havoc in Kerala kills 15 people and land slides in several part of the state. Kerala government has asked Lord Ayyappa devotees to avoid visiting Sabarimala temple for two days.

Heavy landslides reported in Idukki and Kottayam districts. Meanwhile Centre has assured that it will provide all necessary assistance to flood hit State. Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that. Government is continuously monitoring the situation in the state. NDRF team has been dispatched to Kerala for rescue operation. Praying for everyone’s safety, he tweeted.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a high level meeting on Saturday review the situation. He said that government machinery has swing into action, all steps have been taken to evacuate the people who stranded in flood affected areas. District officials have given first hand report to the CM stated that Kottayam is worst affected district due to heavy rain.

The Chief Minister has directed the officials to open camps by following Covid protocol. Masks, sanitisers, drinking water, medicines should be made available in camps, he said. Caution should be taken for people who have co-morbidities and those who have not taken vaccination, he added.

State colleges that were to open from October 18 will now only begin from October 20.

Landslides have been reported in Kottayam and Idukki districts. Twelve people are reported missing in Kottayam. The bad weather condition at Kottayam is delaying the rescue operation by the defence personnel, official said.