Floods, landslides in Kerala: Death toll soars 35
Published: 01:31 PM, 19 October 2021
The death toll from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala has risen to 35. The death toll in the state is on the rise due to the catastrophic situation caused by torrential rains over the past few days, Al Jazeera reported this on Tuesday, saying that “the death toll is expected to rise further”.
Members of the Indian Army and Navy have taken part in the rescue operation in Kerala with full force to rescue the missing in the current situation amid heavy floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. On Monday, they conducted rescue operations in various disaster-hit areas in the state.
Al Jazeera reports that many places in Kerala have been inundated. Besides, many people are still trapped in the coastal areas. At the same time, many people are still missing. Local authorities fear the death toll could rise.
In such a situation, the state administration has decided to open the gates of two big river dams in Kerala. As a result, the situation is expected to deteriorate further.
It is learned that one of the two dams that have been decided to release water is Asia’s largest Idukki Dam, built on the Periyar River. The other is Edamalayar Dam, built on a tributary of the Periyar River.
Meanwhile, the Kerala state administration’s decision has raised concerns among the general public. According to experts, the situation could worsen further if the water releases water from the dam to most of the districts in the state where it is flooded. However, if the administration’s warning is followed, the general public will also be able to avoid casualties.
Not just Kerala, heavy rains also lashed 10 more Indian states, including Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Delhi, on Monday. In Uttarakhand, five people have lost their lives in rain-related accidents in the last 24 hours. Two people were injured. Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh were also hit by heavy rains from Sunday night to Monday.