Trivandam: Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan came out with a fresh data where the death toll has risen to 167. The devastating flood gradually engulfing the most of the part of Kerala.
A red alert was sounded in all 14 Kerala districts. The Centre on Thursday deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation. Helicopters airlifted stranded families from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as incessant torrential rain brought fresh havoc.
The Indian Air Force and Army relief and rescue teams on Friday started food packet distribution among marooned people in different places in Kerala as the situation triggered by the state’s worst floods in a century remained grave.
Rescue teams are carrying out round-the-clock operation but many people in the state are still marooned. Continuous rain, landslides and floods have claimed more than 100 lives so far and have brought the public transport system to a virtual halt.
More than 25 trains were cancelled or rescheduled in the state on Thursday, and the Kochi airport has been shut till August 26. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the state in the evening to take stock of the situation.