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Flood alert issued in Kerala, 22,000 moved to shelter

As the torrential downpour continues, the Central Water Commission has issued a warning that the state might witness another deluge this year.

TAS News Service
August 9, 2019

Kochi: Around 22,000 people have been moved to 315 shelters following heavy rains in Kerala, according to a data released by the Kerala government.

As the torrential downpour continues, the Central Water Commission has issued a warning that the state might witness another deluge this year. A flood warning has been in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.

Educational institutions across the state will remain closed today. University and PSC examinations have been postponed.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday night held an meeting with government and State Disaster Management Authority officials, and said a serious situation prevails in parts of the state, especially in Wayanad.

He has requested all the people in disaster prone areas to shift to relief camps. Eleven lives have been lost so far in the rain and flood.

Cochin international Airport will remain closed until 3Pm on Sunday on account of the flooding of the ramp area. The Airport’s emergency number is 0484-3053500.

It is suspected that as many as 40 people are suspected to be trapped under the debris of a massive landslide in Meppadi in the hilly Wayanad district.

Three were rescued. A temple, a mosque, couple of houses and a few vehicles have come under soil and several are feared missing.

Kalpeta MLA C K Saseendran said the place where the landslide happened was inaccessible due to other similar cave-ins along the road.

Assistance has been sought help from the Indian Army and Army’s Engineering Force for relief operations and disaster management.

Transportation of vehicles are prohibited in the mountain pass Wayanad Churam from 12 am to 6 pm. Heavy vehicles are also banned in the area from 6 pm to 6am. Tourist visits to Silent Valley has also been stopped for a week.

A ‘red alert’ has been sounded in northern districts of Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and central Kerala district Idukki, as torrential rains submerged low-lying areas leaving people stranded in houses, IMD sources said.

A less severe warning – orange alert – has been issued for Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kannur and Kasargod districts.

Helpline numbers- 1070, 1077

State emergency operation centre: 9446 568 222, state toll free number: 1070, district toll free number: 1077, state control room: 0471 2331639, 2333198.

Exams postponed

The PSC exam for the Jail Welfare Officer scheduled for Friday has been postponed to August 30.

All exams scheduled in Kerala, MG, Calicut, Kannur and Medical universities have been rescheduled.

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