Flood Situation in Southern & Western States Remain Grim

Incessant rains are wreaking havoc in at least nine states killing more than 100 people and displacing lakhs. At least 5,375 NDRF personnel have been pressed into rescue and relief operations across different states that are reeling under floods.

The NDRF has rescued over 42,000 people in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Apart from these states, parts of Tamil Nadu were also on the brink of the deluge while Goa and Odisha were reeling under the after-effects of floods as the water levels receded to unveil a trail of destruction.

Kerala reported 57 deaths since three days and is the worst-hit in South India. Normal life has been hit in the floods with schools, colleges being shut down, rail and air services have been interrupted while lakhs of people were evacuated from the flood hit areas.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in seven districts of Kerala on Sunday.

The flood situation has remained grim in the Southern and Western states as the death toll rises to 114. Moreover, many people are still feared trapped under the debris following major landslides that hit Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Meppadi in Wayanad.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit the distress area of Kerala on Sunday.

Gandhi will visit Nilambur Kotkal relief camp, MEMS relief camp at Mambad. He will also visit Edavannappara after which he will attend a review meeting at Malappuram collectorate.

Gandhi will stay at a guest house in Calicut on Sunday and on Monday the leader will visit Kalpetta at Wayanad at around 10 am. After visiting the flood hit areas, he will attend another review meeting with the collectorate.

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