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Updated: 8/12/2019 9:20:06 AM
At least 193 people have been killed across parts of India in floods and landslides caused by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains since August 1, 2019. Dozens of people are still missing and the death toll is expected to continue rising in the days ahead. In addition, the authorities have evacuated around 1 million people into emergency camps in recent days. Pramod Kumar, the Kerala police spokesman, said at least 76 people died, 58 are missing and 32 have been injured in the state of Kerala alone. Around 288 000 people across the state have been evacuated. 265 houses have been fully damaged, as of 19:00 LT, August 11. Heavy rain is forecast for two more days. Red alert is in effect for Kannur, Kasaragod, and Wayanad. At least 42 people have lost their lives in Karnataka and over 580 000 were forced to evacuate after unprecedented floods hit the state. 300 homes, 5 bridges, and numerous roads and highways were damaged or destroyed. Large-scale rescue operations are in progress. Neighboring Maharashtra (35) and Gujarat (31) reported 66 deaths, and tens of thousands evacuated. Landslides claimed 6 lives in Uttarakhand and 3 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Heavy monsoon rains are falling over Kerala since August 7, increasing river levels and causing deadly floods and landslides. At least 28 people have been killed and 27 others are still missing. More than 64 000 people have been evacuated.
In 24 hours period to August 8, the weather stations at Mananthavady recorded 260 mm of rain, Vythiri 240 mm and Peermade 190 mm.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued red alerts for Saturday, August 10 indicating the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall in seven districts - Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Kannur. Five others, including Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, and Kasargod, have been issued orange alerts.
A massive landslide hit Kavalappara village in Malappuram district around 14:00 local time on August 8, burying 30 of its 70 houses. At least 40 people are feared trapped and three dead, according to early estimates. Authorities said the people living in the area have been warned to evacuate but only 17 families agreed.
Emergency teams consisting of NDRF and police personnel have rescued two people, so far, but have been hampered in their efforts by adverse weather conditions and damaged roads in the area that has made it difficult for equipment to be brought to the site, NDTV reports.
Another landslide hit Puthumala village near Meppadi in Wayanad late Thursday. The slide buried an entire cluster of homes of plantation workers at a tea estate, trapping several people and injuring at least 200 others, officials said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who yesterday chaired an emergency meeting to discuss the situation, has said the floods have killed at least 28 people so far, with seven injured and a further 27 still missing.
A total of 64 013 people have been shifted to 738 camps set up across the state.
Schools and colleges in all 14 districts of the state were closed today, NDTV reports.
Cochin International Airport has been shut at least until 15:00 LT on Sunday, August 11 due to the rising water level of Periyar River and a nearby canal.