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Rain in India : Two dead in Kerala, 5 in Karnataka, 1000s evacuated

With predictions of heavy rainfall, Kerala Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday issued 'Red Alert' warning for Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts for the next 24 hours.

TAS News Service
August 8, 2019

Kochi: Two women were dead and more than 100 people evacuated after heavy rains battered several parts of Kerala, officials said.

On Wednesday, a 50-year-old woman, Kara, died after a tree fell over her house in Palakkad district’s Attapady. Twenty-four-year-old Alady Muthu fell unconscious and died after her house in Panamaram village in Wayanad was flooded.

More than 100 people in Nilambur in Malappuram district were evacuated from their houses.

With predictions of heavy rainfall, Kerala Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday issued ‘Red Alert’ warning for Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts for the next 24 hours.

Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod were issued ‘Orange Alerts’ for today. In addition, all schools and colleges in Malappuram and Wayanad districts will remain closed. Meanwhile, ‘Orange Alert’ warnings were issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kasargod districts for Friday.

For Saturday, two districts- Idukki and Kozhikode have been issued ‘Orange Alert’ warnings.

Indian Meteorological Department on Wednesday had predicted ‘fairly widespread’ to ‘widespread rainfall’ with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state of Kerala for the next three days.

‘Red Alert’ warning denotes that an area will receive very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.

An ‘Orange Alert’ warning denotes heavy to very heavy rainfall in a particular area.

26,000 evacuated

The flood situation in parts of Karnataka remained grim on Wednesday with nearly 26,000 people being evacuated and five people killed in rain-related incidents in the past three days, official sources said.

The situation continued to remain grim as the floodgates were opened in the dams in neighbouring Maharashtra and barrages and reservoirs in Karnataka, where road and rail links remain hit following incessant monsoon rains.

Two people each have been killed in Belagavi and Uttar Kannada districts, and one in Shivamogga, taking the toll to five since Monday, the sources said.

The rescue teams, including personnel from Fire and Emergency, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army, moved people from flood-affected areas to safety.

“The teams evacuated 25,794 people today. The flood situation is under control,” an official statement said.

Parts of north and coastal areas along with the Malnada region continued to reel under heavy downpour.

While Belagavi, Bagalkote, Vijayapura, Raichur and Yadgir had been battered by the floods, torrential rains threw life out of gear in Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Mangaluru, Kodagu, Hubballi-Dharwad, Karwar, Hassan and Shivamogga.

Belagavi, Bagalkote and Yadgir bore the brunt of the heavy downpour and water released from dams on Krishna River and its tributaries.

Government schools in Belagavi turned into rehabilitation centres where the flood-hit people shared their rooms with the livestock.

Chikkamagaluru district too was badly hit by the torrential rain. The swollen Bhadra river completely submerged the Hebbale bridge that connects Horanadu.

The opposition Congress and Janata Dal Secular (JDS) have accused the government of “inaction” in dealing with the flood situation.

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