PM Modi tweeted:
“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan again this morning. We discussed the flood situation in the state. We have asked the Ministry of Defence to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. We are praying for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala.”
The Centre has also rushed 12 fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Kerala.
An alert has been issued from the Chief Minister’s office:
It has warned that the level of water in both Periyar and Chalakudy rivers will rise.
“People in radius of 1 km in Chalakudy, and those within ½ km of radius of Aluva, must evacuate the place immediately,” a tweet from the official handle of the CMO said.
- Public transport system has got collapsed in several parts of central Kerala. Kochi Metro has suspended services after the metro yard got flooded.
- Bus services to Kochi were affected after parts of national highways connecting the city submerged. Train services were highly hit.
- The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team set out for rescue operations overnight with their boats. The rescue teams received a stream of distress calls from south Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, from places like Ranni, Kozhunchery and Aranmula. The navy deployed multiple rescue and diving teamswith boats in the affected areas.
- Popular tourist destinations like Munnar and Ponmudi have got almost cut-off because of bad conditions of roads due to landslides. Except official vehicles, no other vehicles are allowed to enter Munnar.
- People have also been asked not to visit the Sabarimala hill shrine as the water level in the rain has fed the Pampa river due to which the water level is high.