New Delhi, August 11: In a major relief for Kerala, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has not issued any red warning for any of the districts on Monday. However, an orange warning has been issued for six districts- Kasargode, Wayanad, Kannur, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Idukki- for August 12. The recent flood-like situation claimed the lives of over 60 people. Kerala Floods: Rahul Gandhi Arrives in Wayanad, Meets People at Relief Camp in His Lok Sabha Constituency.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday has given numbers of people in relief camps and the measures taken place. He said that over 2.27 people from 65,548 families have been sheltered to 1,551 relief camps across Kerala. The worst affected are Wayanad and Malappuram with multiple mudslides and landslides trapping many people.
Local people said that there was no sign of the 35 odd houses after the landslide and at least 65 people are suspected to have been buried alive. The Malappuram Disaster Management Authority said 11 bodies have been retrieved so far from Kavalappara in Malappuram District. The official also said that nearly 50 bodies are suspected to be buried under the soil.
"Nearly 50 persons are suspected to be buried under the soil. This is the count we got from the taluk authorities. We are yet to ascertain the number of houses that were destroyed. The whole landscape has changed," the official told PTI. IAF helicopters of Southern Air Command dropped food packets over the flood-affected areas of Malappuram district. Over 1,000 kg of food items were airdropped in multiple sorties, a Defence press release said.
(With PTI Inputs)