At least 26 people have been killed in Kerala, India over the past couple of days after floods and landslides caused by heavy rains destroyed roads and homes and cut off many towns and villages. Heavy rains began on October 11, intensified late October 15, and continued through the weekend.
On Monday, October 18, officials reported 11 fatalities in the Idukki district and another 14 In Kottyam, most of them due to landslides.
Kerala's chief minister said thousands of people have been evacuated, adding that they opened more than 180 relief camps.1
The swelling waters in the Manimala River, locally known as Manimalayar, wreaked havoc on its banks as the eastern parts of the Kottayam district bore the brunt of heavy rain in the last couple of days, ONmanorama reports.2
The water level in the river, which cuts through South and Central Kerala, rose by 7 m (23 feet) in five hours in the heavy rains that occurred on Saturday.
Old-timers in the region aver that this could be the first time that the water level rose to such a height in the river.
Besides, river Manimala in Pathanamthita dist, river Kallada in Kollam dist, river Karamana & Neyyar in Thiruvananthpuram dist are flowing in severe flooding situation pic.twitter.com/NKg1gCWE9e
— DD News (@DDNewslive) October 18, 2021
A Full Swing Search and Rescue Operation Going in Landslide Affected Area, Kokkayar, Idukki Dist, Kerala by 04 BN NDRF Arakkonam #KeralaRains #NDRF4U@NDRFHQ @satyaprad1@ANI@DDNational@ddmalayalam@pibchennai @PIBTvpm @KeralaSDMA @Indiametdept @CMOKerala pic.twitter.com/1KP8GjJ66y
— 4 NDRF ARAKKONAM (@04NDRF) October 17, 2021
#KeralaRains UPDATE 17/10/21
@NDRF @ WORK 24×7
Evacuating Citizens to safety
Rescue operation by @04NDRF Vaipur,RanniTaluk,Pathanamthita
Rescued 33 (M-18,F-8,Ch – 07).
Ops ON@HMOIndia @BhallaAjay26 @PIBHomeAffairs @PIBTvpm @ANI @PTI_News @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/BHlF5dsmzK
— ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ୟ ପ୍ରଧାନ (@satyaprad1) October 17, 2021
— ANI (@ANI) October 17, 2021
In a 24 hour period to October 12, Karipur recorded 255 mm (10 inches) of rain, Kozhikode 216 mm (8.5 inches), and Kannur 166 mm (6.5 inches).
The rain continued across the state, worsening over the last 2 days with Kochi recording 129 mm (5 inches) of rain in 24 hours to October 17 and Valparai 101 mm (3.9 inches) in 24 hours to October 18.3
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rains were caused by a low pressure area over the SE Arabian Sea and Kerala.
1 Kerala floods: At least 26 killed as rescuers step up efforts – BBC
2 Unprecedented! Manimalayar rose by 7 m in 5 hours – ONmanorama
3 India – Floods and Landslides in Kerala Leave More Than 20 Dead – FloodList
Featured image credit: NDRF Arakkonam
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