Rain havoc: 324 lives lost in 3 months

Kerala battles heavy rain, floods: 106 killed in two days
A baby being rescued from a house in Aranmula, Kerala. Photo: Aravind Venugopal
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Thiruvananthapuram: Thousands continue to be stranded in various parts of Kerala that has been reeling under unprecedented rain and floods for several days. To take a stock of situation in the rain-ravaged state, prime minister Narendra Modi arrived in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. He will take an aerial survey of the flood-torn areas on Saturday.

Though rescue operations are in full swing in Kerala, several people who have been living on roof tops of houses and buildings are still unattended.. The worst-affected areas in the flood are Aluva, Aranmula, Chengannur and Chalakudy. Meanwhile, just as the chief minister announced that Saturday's rescue operations will focus more on Chengannur and Chalakudy, the Chengannur MLA went live on prime television appealing authorities to engage army and pressing helicopters into rescue operations in his region. "Thousands are at risk of losing life due to scarcity of food and drinking water. Boats are not being able to reach interior regions here. A rescue team found bodies of three members of a family floating inside their flooded house in Chengannur."

Kerala battles heavy rain, floods: 106 killed in two days
People moving to safer locations in Chengannur

Torrential rain, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have cut off vast swathes of land in the state. As many as 324 lives were lost in 3 months, the CM said. The Kochi International Airport has been shut till Aug 26. Rail traffic has also been drastically affected with several trains cancelled or rescheduled on Friday. However, reports said that heavy to very heavy rainfall was unlikely in Kerala. However, red alert in 13 districts of Kerala will continue. Orange alert has been in force in Kasaragod.

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