Kerala landslide: 22 bodies recovered, rescue operations on

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Oct 18 (ANI): Thirteen bodies have been recovered from the landslide area in Kottayam and nine bodies of those missing in the landslide at Kokkayar in Idukki districts, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed.

According to a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), two people from Idukki district are still missing and the rescue operation will continue on Monday as well.

“The Chief Minister expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,” the release said.

Earlier, India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted heavy rain for 3-4 days in Kerala from Wednesday due to the influence of east wind and under this a yellow alert has been issued in 10 districts and 6 districts on 20 October. . 21 October.

The low pressure area in the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep has weakened but the IMD has predicted heavy rains till Monday evening.

In a press note, Vijayan said that “this shows that the heavy rains have not stopped and hence all disaster relief systems in the state are working full time.

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts each. In addition, five more teams have been directed to be deployed in Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Kannur and Palakkad districts.

It also said that two teams of the Indian Army are stationed at Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam respectively.

A unit of the Defense Security Corps (DSC) has been deployed in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. Two helicopters of the IAF are stationed at Thiruvananthapuram and INS Garuda Kochi.

They can be deployed at any time if required. Volunteer forces and civil defense are ready to deal with any emergency.

The Engineer Task Force has reached Kutticalbi at 3 pm and those who were stuck near Mallapally in Pathanamthitta district have been shifted to safer places by the police and fire brigade.

If the Kaki Dam in Pathanamthitta has to be opened in an emergency, the water level in Kuttanad is likely to rise. The CM said that if needed, NDRF team would be deployed in Alappuzha district.

Fishing has been completely banned in Kerala, Karnataka and off the coast of Lakshadweep till Monday. Kerala-Karnataka-Lakshadweep coast is very likely to experience high tide and rough seas till 11.30 PM on October 18.

The Chief Minister said that the IMD has warned of possible thunderstorms and strong winds across Kerala till October 21. (ANI)

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