All districts of Kerala flooded, rescue operations underway

All districts of Kerala flooded, rescue operations underway

"Many districts in the state are facing floods", tweeted Kerala's chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who said the state was experiencing "unprecedented flood havoc".

PM Modi has not only asked the Ministry of Defence to step up Kerala relief and rescue operations but also spoken to the CM again assuring all help possible from the Centre.

The flood situation in Kerala further worsened today with many areas inundated and flight operations suspended till Saturday at Kochi airport, as the death toll rose to 67. Consequently, Etihad inbound and outbound flights to Kochi have been cancelled.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will review the flood situation later Thursday as many areas remain without power and drinking water sparking fears of an epidemic outbreak, officials said.

Severe flooding in the southern Indian state has killed 175 people, with India's National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army being deployed to affected areas in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram, after dams in the area crossed their maximum holding capacity. Jet Airways and Air India has also advised fliers to refer to the airline website for status of its flights from Cochin.

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The weather office also issued warning saying that heavy rain accompanied with gusty winds, speed reaching 60 kmph, is expected in most of the districts of Kerala.

Transport systems in several parts of the state have collapsed due to the heavy rains which threaten to continue for a few more days. Kerala wanted the outflow and the inflow of the water through the sluice gates of the dam to be the same. Now, the Mullaperiyar dam upstream is almost full, and the water level is likely to top up by noon, after which authorities will have to release this water, which will flood Periyar forest reserve and other areas.

There is no respite for the people of Kerala from the incessant rains, and lakhs of people are in relief camps across all districts in the state. The chief minister asked officials to make necessary arrangements to take passengers, who may be landing in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, to their respective places by state-run buses.

The State has been seeking financial support from people across the world. Situation so grim that even relief camps are flooded. Trains have been delayed due to the landslide at Vallathol Nagar in Vadakkanchery. The central government has allocated Rs 1 billion as immediate relief and various neighbouring States have also extended financial support.

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