Trivandrum, Aug 10:
Flood situation has become grave in Kerala and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting of the Cabinet this morning to take stock of the situation and combat steps to be taken by the government machinery. The rains triggering landslides and flash floods snuffing out 27 lives and wreaking devastation in six of its districts, Idukki was the epicentre with as many as 11 deaths. Army was called in to help rescue and relief operations while Navy has been kept as standby. Three disaster teams have also rushed to worst affected areas. Four more shutters of the Idukki dam were opened this morning. Periyar valley was put on alert as Idalayamalayar dam shutters were opened as the dam has become full.The Chief Minister urged the public to restrain caution.
The state government has sought assistance from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, NDRF and the Military Intelligence. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode while two more teams are on the way. The State has sought six more NDRF teams to be deployed, said the Chief Minister.The Chief Minister urged the public to come forward to donate for relief measures. Those willing to donate can contribute to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all help to the rain-hit Kerala.
Flights hit:Scores of passengers were left stranded as the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) was forced to partially shut down operations due to flooding on Thursday. Many international flights were reported to be delayed or cancelled by passengers who were denied entry at the gates of the international terminal.Inbound flights to Kochi were diverted to Coimbatore, Bangalore and Trivandrum airports during the partial shutdown.