Kerala floods: Army, Air Force on standby; heavy landslides reported in districts

Kerala floods: Army, Air Force on standby; heavy landslides reported in districts
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Heavy showers in Kerala have left six people dead so far. Flash floods and landslides have also claimed several lives.

The Kerala state government is now seeking the assistance of the defence forces for rescue operations.

Owing to heavy rains, the high ranges of central and south Kerala are experiencing situations almost similar to that of the Kerala floods in 2018 and 2019.

Also, the state ministers K Rajan, Roshy Augustine and VN Vasavan are taking part in a review meeting to assess the situation.

There is a low-pressure area over Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Kerala, though it has now become less marked. Yet light to moderate rainfall is likely at many places with only isolated heavy rainfall over the state during the next 24 hours, as per IMD.

The Indian Army has also deployed army personnel to flood-affected regions. Moreover, the Mi-17 and Sarang Helicopters are also there to meet any requirements. Air Force assets, on the other hand, are still at Sulur in a standby mode.

Also, a ‘Red Alert’ was sounded for six districts including Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad. Kottayam and Pathanamthitta remain the most affected districts due to heavy rains since Friday night.

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