Rain worsens situation in Kerala, 6 killed, 12 people missing, 11 NDRF teams deployed

Rain in Kerala

Rain in Kerala

At least six people were killed and about a dozen people missing due to flash cataracts and landslides at several places due to heavy rains in the south and central corridor of Kerala on Saturday. In view of the dire situation due to rain, the state government has had to request the army's help for relief and deliverance operations. Numerous people have been injured while numerous have been displaced due to rain- related incidents in this southern state of the country. 

11 brigades of NDRF stationed 11 brigades will be stationed in the southern and central corridor of Kerala where there has been heavy rain. NDRF Director GeneralS. N. In a tweet, Pradhan said that brigades are being dispatched"in view of the ongoing red alert for possible deluge/ water logging and rain in several sections of Kerala".

One platoon each will be stationed in Malappuram, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Kottayam, Kannur and Kollam. An NDRF platoon typically consists of 47 help equipped with tree and wood cutting machines, communication outfit, boats and medical accoutrements to deliver the affected people and launch relief operations. The state government has sought backing from the army and air force for the deliverance operation. 

 Heads submerged. Most of the state's heads have been filled to their full capacity and landslides have cut off numerous small municipalities and townlets in the mountains from the rest of the world. In the hilly areas of Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta sections, an analogous situation has arisen during the ruinous cataracts of 2018 and 2019. Still, officers say the situation is under control and there's no need to horrify. Despite the claim, relief brigades of the state police and fire department are unfit to reach the affected areas due to cataracts and bad rainfall. 

 Chief Minister said-Situation serious Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that' situation is serious'. Army, Air Force and Navy help are reaching the hill townlets of Koottikal in Kottayam and Peruvanathanam in Idukki where the swash has washed down several houses and displaced numerous, officers said. State Cooperation Minister VN Vasan, who arrived in the neighborhood of these landslide- hit townlets, said that the bodies of two women and a child have been recovered during the hunt operation while the hunt is on for the bodies of a man killed in the incident. 12 people are missing from these townlets. 

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