Kerala flood: Southern Railways, Kochi Metro suspend operations

16 August, 2018, 12:27 | Author: Trevor Moore
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From Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south, all rivers are in spate and shutters of 35 dams, including Mullaperiyar, have been opened.

"It has been informed that water level inside the airport continues to rise and heavy rain is predicted till Saturday", said the statement.

More and more people are pouring into relief camps, including those who had earlier returned to their homes in Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing the media here informed that the state is witnessing such a situation for the first time. Calling it a "tragedy without parallel" Mr Gandhi said he has requested the Prime Minister to "massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy".

Apart from TVS, Mercedes-Benz too announced a donation of ₹ 30 lakh towards the Chief Minister's relief fund, while Volkswagen too announced that it will be extending service support towards the affected customers in the state.

Rescue operations are underway and the federal government has sent additional forces to assist local efforts.

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The state last saw such devastating flooding in 1924. Have asked defence ministry to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. "Praying for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala", the PM tweeted.

All the educational institutions in Ernakulam district to remain closed on August 16 and 17. Food packets and drinking water are also being rushed. "Situation is really grave but we are managing things on a war footing". The Union minister informed that 14 worldwide flights operated by airlines such as Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad, Sri Lankan airways were rescheduled to and from Thiruvananthapuram instead of Kochi during the day.

Indian carriers Air India Express, Jet Airways and IndiGo also operate services to Kochi from Doha. The state government has advised people against non-essential travel to the state.

A group of military engineering personnel are expected to arrive in Thiruvanathapuram from Pune by IAF aircraft for rescue operations. Nearly all dams are opened.

Vijayan pointed out that the catchment areas of the the reservoir were receiving heavy rain.

In other areas, water is being released from dams in phases before it breaches the limit. The airport is situated near the Periyar river bank. Thousands are stranded. Relief camps full. In fact, yesterday alone, 24 people lost their lives in related incidents itself.

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