As heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in Kerala leading to a flood-like situation, eight people died on Thursday and over 22,000 have been evacuated to 315 relief camps.
Kerala PM Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the army’s help and additional 13 more units of the National Disaster Response Force for the relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi stepped in to help people of his constituency and ensured that he would speak to PM Narendra Modi to see maximum help is extended to Wayanad. In Wayanad, a huge landslide at Meppadi has marooned around 2,000 people. A temple, mosque and estate workers quarters have collapsed in the area.
The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains in the state till August 14. Red alerts have been issued in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts. Barring the state capital district and neighbouring Kollam, the remaining 12 districts have been affected by rains.
The Kerala government has declared holiday for all schools across the state for Friday and university examinations have been postponed in the affected districts.
With Cochin International Airport flooded, operations have been suspended till 3 pm on Sunday.