5 Dead, Many Missing After Kerala Rain Triggers Floods, Landslides

Kerala Rain Alert: At least five people have died in rain-related incidents and several are reported missing.

Five districts in Kerala are on red alert, seven are on orange.

Highlights

  • Heavy to very heavy rain has been predicted till Sunday morning.
  • Landslides have been reported in Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala.
  • The National Disaster Response Force has decided to deploy 11 teams.
Heavy rain in parts of Kerala has triggered landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts. At least five people have been killed in rain-related incidents. The weather office has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Sunday morning.

Here are the 10 latest developments:

  1. At least five people were killed in rain-related incidents as several parts of Kerala received a downpour on Saturday.

  2. Landslides have been reported in Kottayam and Idukki districts. Twelve people are reported missing in Kottayam.

  3. Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts have been put on red alert.

  4. There is an orange alert in six districts -- Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad.

  5. On the state government's request, the Army, Navy and Air Force have stepped in to help the civil administration handle the situation. The National Disaster Response Force has decided to deploy 11 teams.  

  6. Mi-17 and Sarang helicopters are on standby and all bases under Southern Air Command are on high alert.

  7. The Army has deployed its personnel in the flood-affected areas. An Army column comprising about 30 personnel has moved to Kanjirappalli in Kottayam district from Pangode military station.

  8. Southern Naval Command, too, has geared up to join in rescue work and is in touch with the state disaster management authority.

  9. The Chief Minister's office has sent out a cautionary note, urging people to be extremely careful and avoid venturing out for travels into the mountains or near rivers.

  10. The weather office has pointed to creation of a low pressure area over southeast Arabian sea off the Kerala coast as the reason behind the downpour. It has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall till Sunday morning.