A RED alert was declared by the IMD in 10 districts of Kerala where incessant rains on Tuesday caused six deaths, landslides, rise in water levels and relocation of thousands to relief camps in various parts of the State.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in all the districts of the State barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, for August 2 and 3 and has predicted heavy rainfall in the State till August 5.
The heavy rains led to six deaths -- one each in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts and three in Kannur district -- resulting in a total of 12 rain-related casualties in the State from July 31 till date, the Kerala State Emergency Operations Center (KSEOC) said. Besides that, three people have also gone missing from various parts of the State during the day, it said.
In view of the heavy rainfall and anticipating landslides, flash floods and other disasters, the State Government opened 95 relief camps across Kerala where 2,291 people have been relocated, KSEOC said.
The heavy rainfall also damaged 126 houses between July 31 till date and of those 27 homes were completely destroyed, it said.
In view of the red alerts issued by the IMD and the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall in the state in the next few days, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the warning of very heavy rains in the state in the days ahead should be taken very seriously as continuous rainfall of more than 200 mm is likely to create a crisis.
Six persons killed in landslides in K’taka: TWO sisters who were found holding their hands were among the six persons killed in landslides in Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka, police said on Tuesday.
Four members of a family were killed after a portion of a hill collapsed on their house at Muttalli of Bhatkal taluk in Uttara Kannada district, police sources said. In another heart-wrenching incident reported from Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada district, the mortal remains of two sisters were found holding their hands together as a portion of a hill collapsed on their house.
The bodies of the siblings were removed after a long rescue operation. Shruthi (aged 11) and Jnanashree (6), daughters of Kusumadhar, lost their lives in the tragedy on Monday. Heavy rains were lashing Subramanya from the evening of Monday.