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Kerala: 8 people killed in rain related incidents; relief and rescue operations in full swing

Heavy rain lashed Kerala today and 8 deaths were reported so far in various rain related incidents in the State.

Heavy downpours triggered a major landslide in Plapally in Kootickal in Kottayam district today in which 6 people lost their life and four persons went missing. The Landslide left the area completely cut off from the rest of the region, hampering the rescue efforts.

In another incident, two persons lost their life as their car was swept away in flash floods near Thodupuzha in Idukki district. Search operations for those missing still continues.

As heavy rain continues, Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts are the worst hit. Red alert is issued in 6 districts. Control rooms are opened in all districts. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the  people from high risk areas will be rehabilitated with immediate effect. In case of any emergency, public can seek help from the emergency helpline number 112.

The armed forces had  deployed their assets for relief and rescue operations. Six teams of NDRF have already been deployed. Three more teams are expected to reach the state soon. Meanwhile due to intense showers reopening of various higher educational institutions in the state has been postponed.

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Chief Minister has informed that the Institutions are likely to open on 20th this month. Sabarimala pilgrimage has also been suspended for the time being. Chief minister has requested the general public to be on high alert. The next 24 hours is extremely crucial for the State.

 

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