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Kerala Rains: Red Alert! At least 26 dead after heavy downpour; NDRF team deployed for rescue

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 August 2018, 14:02 IST

At least 26 people died after a heavy rainfall in Kerala on Friday due to which the third red alert has been issued in the state. Due to heavy downpour, series of landslips incidents in the hilly district Idukki and northern parts have come to light.

The situation in the state due to heavy rains becoming dangerous for the citizens as the large-scale damage has been reported in the various parts of the state.

Reportedly, 26 people have lost their lives in the rain-related incidents since the rain started from 8th August while 17 of them have been killed in landslides in Idukki and Malappuram districts alone, PTI reports.

Till now, more than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state the last two days, the government said.

After seeing the condition, the shutters of 24 dams in a different part of the state have been opened.

However, six flood rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Palakkad to carry out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) work, said the Home Ministry in a statement.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and wrote, 'Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity. @CMOKeral.'

 

Meanwhile, the Kerala state electricity board has already issued the third red alert in Idukki reservoir.

Due to heavy rainfall, flight and train services were also affected in the state.

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First published: 10 August 2018, 7:44 IST
 
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