News Desk, Amar Ujala, Thiruvananthapuram
Published by: Sanjeev Kumar Jha
Updated Sun, 17 Oct 2021 10:02 AM IST
Rain continues to wreak havoc in Kerala. Incessant rains in South and Central Kerala have led to floods and landslides in many parts. So far nine people have died in these incidents and more than 20 people are said to be missing.
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11 teams of NDRF deployed
The CMO said that 11 teams of NDRF have been deployed in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Alappuzha districts. Two teams of Army have been asked to be deployed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam. In case of emergency, the Air Force has been asked to remain in standby mode. At the same time, a team of NDRF reached Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam affected by heavy rains and started the rescue operation.
Air Force and Indian Army deployed for relief rescue
The Indian Air Force and the Indian Army have deployed their troops in view of the floods in Kerala. According to the IAF, the Mi-17 and Sarang helicopters are already in standby mode. In view of the prevailing weather conditions in Kerala, all the bases under the Southern Air Command have been put on high alert.
More than 20 people missing in landslide so far
Over 20 people went missing due to landslides in Kottayam. Police and fire department personnel also failed to reach the place. The Meteorological Department has forecast rain in many other parts of the state as well.
Appeal to avoid visiting Sabarimala temple
In view of the heavy rains, the Travancore Devaswom Board in Kerala urged the devotees of Lord Ayyappa to refrain from visiting the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district on Sunday and Monday.