Around 6,000 people have been rescued and more than 15,000 have been evacuated from flood-affected areas in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Northern Kerala till Friday, Indian Army said.
The Army has deployed 123 rescue teams in 16 districts across the three affected states for relief and rescue operations.
Indian Naval diving teams deployed in Karnataka’s Kadra evacuated nearly 450 personnel to safety whilst other team operating from Kaiga evacuated 300 personnel to safety bringing a total number of rescued personnel in this area alone to 2,219.
Heavy rains continue to pound various regions of the country. Lakhs of people have been displaced while several dozens have been killed by now due to rain-related incidents. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted continued rainfall over the next two days.
Incessant rainfall led almost to a recurrence of last year’s devastating deluge in the southern state of Kerala, where the resultant flood-like situation has already put the citizens to distress, with over 1 lakh people having to be shifted to relief centres by rescue workers till now, and prompting the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government to seek help from the armed forces for combatting the situation.
According to reports, Army personnel have already commenced with a war footing rescue operations in the flood-hit Wayanad district, which is one of the worst-hit districts in the disaster. They have even managed to rescue a new-born baby from the grips of the deluge.
The death toll has risen to 42, till now. We will keep updating the numbers as and when details appear.
According to latest updates, rescue teams have reached Kavalappara in Malappuram district where more than 30 people are feared missing after a landslide hit the area on August 8. Rescue operations are being hampered due to bad weather.
In Wayanad, too, a massive landslip resulted in the death of an estimated 30 estate workers at Puthumala near Meppadi. Eight bodies have been recovered so far.
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