2 deaths as rain batters Kerala, NDRF team rushing to Wayanad

2 deaths as rain batters Kerala, NDRF team rushing to Wayanad


Kerala soaked under torrential rain with two deaths reported on Thursday. Landslides were reported in Kannur, Malappuram and Idukki districts. More than 200 people were shifted to relief camps. Three flights were diverted from Kozhikode airport and train services were hit after trees fell on tracks. The weather department has predicted heavy rain till Friday. The deceased in Thursday's rain fury were identified as Kara (50) of Chundakulam Ooru in Attappadi and Muthu (24) of Panamaram in Wayanad. The roof of a school in Kozhikode was blown away today. In Munnar, heavy rain left several areas under water with threat of the tourist town being isolated. Ten houses were damaged in Idukki district. Tourism activities have been put on hold till August 15.

The Chief Minister held an emergency meeting to assess the situation. NDRF forces have been called to Wayanad. In Kannur and Malappuram districts, several areas remained inundated. Control rooms have been opened in several places. Several parts of Kuttanad in Alappuzha remained inundated. In Pathanamthitta district, home to Sabarimala, rivers have gone up to dangerous levels.

All districts, except Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, are expected to get heavy to isolated rain till Monday with 24 cm rainfall recorded in 24 hours. A low pressure over Chattisgarh region is said to cause for heavy rain and gusty wind in Kerala. This weather is likely to continue till August 12. Fishermen have been warned from venturing into sea as there would be strong wind till August 12.