Red alert sounded in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts of Kerala


The red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki on Tuesday and in northern districts of Malappuram and Kozhikode on Wednesday, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) sources said adding over 20 centimetres of rains are expected in these districts.

The city's arterial road, Mahatma Gandhi Road has been flooded as a result of the continuous and heavy downpour.

The state government update at 9 am on Tuesday put the death toll at 88 since August 8 and said the toll is likely to go up as 40 people are still missing.

In low lying areas in Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts, which witnessed the worst ever floods a year ago and more heavy rains predicted in the coming two days, authorities have given directions to hundreds of people to vacate their homes and get to the nearest relief camps. So far five lakh people have been evacuated from flood affected areas.

Rains subsided in many parts of the flood-hit states where over 12 lakh people have been affected and the water level has started receding in the deluge-ravaged areas. Two rain-related deaths were also reported from Uttar Pradesh where several parts saw heavy overnight showers.

In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district. "You don't have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives", said Gandhi while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady on Monday.

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Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed almost 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue. In the 212 relief camps in the district over 35,000 people have taken shelter, an official release said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed district collectors to ensure all necessary facilities for people living in relief camps and sanitation drive is being conducted in a proper manner in flood-hit places.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has demanded Rs 10,000 crore for flood-relief work.

"The Central government needs to pay attention and aggressively support the people of these states", he had told reporters at Kalpetta after attending a review meeting with government officials on the flood situation on Monday. However, floods have also affected Gujarat, Assam and Bihar.

In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared on Monday, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods.

About nine states of the country are in the grip of floods. A total of 3,93,956 are have taken refuge in 1224 relief camps across the state.