Kerala, Karnataka Rains Floods Updates: 23 have been killed in Kerala, while 9were killed in Karnataka as rains proceed to batter southern states. Because of the present situation, Karnataka to Kerala ways via Mysore and Kodagu have been blocked. Meantime, the Pinarayi Vijayan Gov.. has declared a holiday for schools across the state as KDSMA issued a red alert for Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode.
Flying services at Cochin International Airport have been delayed till 3 pm on Sunday as floodwaters overwhelm the apron area (parking area). Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA) evacuated 22,165 people and moved them to 315 camps across the state because of the big rains.
Earlier on Thursday, flight methods were delayed for 4 hours till midnight as a prudent measure because of heavy rains. “As the apron area is waterlogged due to the flood, all aircraft operations (have been) suspended at Kochi airport till 3 pm on August 11,” an official said. Flights coming to the airport were turned on Thursday, a CIAL spokesperson said without developing. The services were delayed as there was a rise in water levels in the Periyar river and a canal next to the airport.
Heavy rains have been pounding Kerala for the preceding few days. Eight people were killed in rain-related conflicts in the state on Thursday, returning memories of last year’s disastrous floods. The floods in Aug 2018 had rendered the airport non-functional for a fortnight. Airport foundation was destroyed in the waves, with an estimated loss of Rs 220-250 crore.
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, over 2 lakh people have been relocated to more reliable places due to the floods that have wreaked devastation in 5 districts of Western Maharashtra, the worst hit being the districts of Sangli and Kolhapur, as of Thursday. At least 9-persons drowned in Sangli district when a rescue boat overturned. The region is being crushed by rains regularly over the last few days.
The total estimate of deaths due to rain or flood-related incidents in 5-districts of the area during this period was 27, officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Karnataka government had agreed to release water from Almatti dam on the Krishna river, which would ease the flooding in Maharashtra.
The flood-hit districts, particularly Sangli and Kolhapur, are staring at the challenge of improving damaged homes, roads and restoring water and electricity supply. Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said PTI that a total of 2,05,591 people had been shifted in the districts of Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur, Pune and Satara.
In Kolhapur, 97,102 persons have been removed, followed 80,319 in Sangli. In Sangli, water started the district prison, forcing officials to move inmates to the upper floor. Fadnavis talked to his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa earlier in the day, who agreed to release 5-lakh cusec water from Almatti dam in Karnataka, found downstream on the Krishna which begins in Western Maharashtra.
At least 9-people drowned and 4- went missing after a boat engaged in rescue work reversed near Brahmanal village in Palus tehsil of Sangli. The ship, belonging to local village panchayat, was carrying around 30 people. Late in the evening, some sources put the death losses at 11, which could not be determined. Rescue teams including those of NDRF, Navy, Coast Guard and Army were working in Sangli and Kolhapur.