175+ killed, almost a MILLION left homeless by landslides & floods in India

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Heavy showers lashed Uttarakhand and Jammu leaving nine people dead in landslides, while rescue and relief operations continued in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat on August 12 with the death toll climbing to 173 in the four flood-hit states.

An "orange" weather warning means people should "be prepared" and there was an increased likelihood of bad or extreme weather, which may disrupt road and air travel and threaten life and property.

"We have rescued around 677,000 people in the last few days and think the water level will start dropping in another 24 to 48 hours", the official said.

More than 2.55 lakh people in the state have sought refuge in 1,413 relief camps, government officials said, according to Mathrubhumi. The weather department did not issue a red alert for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday. In Malappuram, 59,351 people have been lodged in 240 camps.

Twelve people have so far lost their lives and 7 are missing in neighbouring Wayanad district, which also witnessed alandslide at Puthumala in Meppadi.

More than 250,000 people across the state's worst-affected districts including Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kozhikode have been shifted to relief camps. After a review meeting, he told the media that he has taken up the issue with the Prime Minister. Over 6.73 lakh people and 50,000 animals were rescued. Steps should be taken to restore power supply and drinking water distribution in rain-hit areas, he said. In Maharashtra, the death toll increased to 43 and almost 4.5 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods. "The home minister in his aerial survey of flood-hit areas chose to go only to BJP ruled states of Maharashtra & Karnataka. It appears that he deliberately skipped the survey of the badly affected Kerala", it alleged in a statement.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Thiruvananthapuram Tuesday predicted fresh spells of active rainfall in Kerala on August 13 and 13. As per IMD, the light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue.

The alert was issued for Idukki, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts as CM visited Wayanad and Malappuram (in north Kerala), that have borne the brunt of monsoon rains, and assured people that his government will do everything to alleviate their sufferings. Due to torrential rains and subsequent floods in certain parts of the country, we at Volkswagen are taking special measures to support customers residing in the flood-affected regions. "People have to be compensated for the loss".

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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