Today, the government stated that the number of deaths from the flood in Kerala has reached up to 95. Over 1.89 lakh people have been moved to relief camps across the state. Since Tuesday night, several parts of the state having heavy rain and many places have been flooded.
Out of the 95 deaths, 35 were from Malappuram and 12 from Wayanad where villages have been washed out due to massive landslides.
Malappuram, Kannur, and Kozhikode districts are in red alert as warned by the weather office where landslides killed several people last week. The weather forecast predicted heavy to heavy rainfall in isolated places in Kerala. Today, 11 districts’ educational institutions all remained closed.
After a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government is trying to provide all possible help to affected people. For now, the government is giving Rs. 10,000 of each of the affected families. Those who have lost their homes and land will be given Rs. 10 lakh, he said.
The rescue team is continuing its search operation amid such difficult weather at Kerala’s Kavalappara, where a series of landslides had wiped out an entire village. Authorities said the operation was paused for some time this morning due to the rain.
In Wayanad, 500 odd rescue personnel and 13 earth-movers were engaged in search operations. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited the worst affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad.