Monsoon has taken a full grip in central and southern India with several regions in various states stand submerged in floodwater after heavy rains.
Inconsistent torrential rains, gusty winds, and landslips in few areas have left a devastating trail of destruction and have disrupted train and road transport services.
Heavy rains in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odissa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh have thrown life out of gear.
Indian Meteorological Department has predicted “heavy to heavy rains” in all the above states including heavy rains in few parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Goa and Rajasthan.
Kerala has received some heavy rains since Wednesday with red alerts continue, leading to closure of Kochi airport till Sunday 3 pm.
Relentless rains swept away homes and lead to landslides in Idukki district that killed many, including a child.
This takes the death toll to 23, as two locals were reported dead on Thursday.
Out of the two deaths reported, one is from the Attapadi region of Palakkad where a tree fell on the roof of a house, killing a 50-year-old resident.
The other casualty was reported from Wayanad where A 24-year-old woman collapsed while being rescued from her house, which was submerged in water.
Red alert for four districts continue as IMD has predicted more rains. A red alert has been issued for Wayanad, Idduki, Malappuram and Kozhikode for Friday.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls very likely at isolated places over Gujarat, Kerala & Mahe and Coastal & South Interior Karnataka” reads IMD’s warning bulletin.
According to reports school, college of 12 districts will remain shut as the state braces for more rains.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday chaired a high level meeting with top government officials to take stalk of the situation. Government has requested for 10 more teams of NDRF.
22,165 people have been evacuated to safety and lodged in 315 camps across the state, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA) said on Friday.
In the state, reports suggest that nearly 40,000 people had been evacuated and 19 people were killed in rain-related incidents till Friday morning.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa visited the affected areas and made an appeal to the people to donate generously.
He said that at least Rs 5,000 crore are needed for relief and rehabilitation in flood-hit and rain-affected areas.
He has also Rajnath Singh to provide choppers for rescue operations in flood-hit areas.
Meanwhile, ten teams of the NDRF have been deployed that, with coordination with Indian armed forces has made adequate arrangements for health, drinking water, food items, electricity in the affected areas.
CM Yediyurappa has also requested all the lawmakers other elected representatives of the flood-affected areas to remain in their constituencies and assist the relief operations.
5 lakh cusecs water from Almatti Dam in Karnataka will be released to bring down the water level in Sangli, Maharashtra.
This has been agreed upon after Maharashtra CM Fadnavis spoke to Karnataka CM Yediyurappa on Thursday.