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29 died and around 54,000 became homeless in Kerala

29 died and around 54,000 became homeless in Kerala

Due to heavy rainfall, dam reservoirs & overflowed river have swept away more than half of Kerala. As per officials, around 29 people have died and 54,000 became homeless. The water level in Idukki and Edamalayar dams rose continuously. Wayanad, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram and Palakkad are the highly affected districts. As per the officials, around 53,501 people have been shifted in 439 relief camps across the state.

In the Idukki district, five people from a family were buried alive when a huge part of the land covered their house, along with six other people. After roads caved in many cities, the entry of tourist have been barred from entering the hilly Idukki district.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed the media that the state has been provided help by the Navy, Army and Air Force for rescue purpose. Also, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has declared an amount of five crore rupees to support its neighbouring state of Kerala.

Wayanad district is on red alert due to heavy flood and a part of the army has been shifted to the region. A part each of the army are present in Malappuram and Kozhikode. Other army members from Coimbatore and Secunderabad are assigned to reach the other districts of Kerala by Thursday.  The helicopters by the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have been launched for the rescue of the flood victims.  

The water level in the tributary of Periyar situated close to the airport was rising and thus the flight which were to arrive at Kochi International Airport were delayed for about three hours. The low-lying areas of Aluva in Ernakulam, were inundated since it was feared that the area could face floods from the waters of the Edmalayar and Idukki dam.

Due to the turbidity caused in the Periyar river, drinking water has been highly affected. Nilambur in the Malappuram district recorded exceptionally heavy rains in the past hours and very heavy rainfall for the following three days throughout the state of Kerala has been predicted.