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Kerala braces for the worst as floods return

Bengaluru: Kerala is staring at more trouble as incessant rains over the past few days have brought back the fear of last year’s devastating floods – the worst in the state’s history and from which it is still recovering.

Red alert issued for nine out of 14 Kerala Kerala districts— Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargode.

Heavy rains have so far killed 17 in the state. About 22,000 people have been evacuated following the downpour that has caused wide-scale destruction to houses, roads, bridges, throwing general life out of gear.

Connectivity has been disrupted — Kochi airport will remain shut until Sunday, trains are running delayed or have been cancelled, buses are off from waterlogged roads.

The worst, however, may not be over yet.

According to the weather department, Kerala would continue to receive rains till 11 August, with forecast of very heavy rainfall for Friday. The Central Water Commission (CWC) has issued flood alerts for all districts in the state. However, in a positive for the state, water level at all major dams is around half of their storage capacity, unlike last year.

Last year, heavy rains coupled with massive discharges from the dams had led to floods.

The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad districts. However, Saturday onwards these districts may get some relief from the rains.

While the state government has declared holiday for schools in all districts, the authorities of the Malabar (north Kerala) and central Kerala region have been evacuating people since Thursday without waiting for water levels to reach danger levels.

Two hilly districts and tourist hotspots, Idukki and Wayanad, have been flooded. On Thursday, of the 9,000 people the state evacuated, some 8,000 were from Wayanad. The remoteness of locations and connectivity hurdles have hit relief work, but the state is trying its best, said Revenue Minister E Chandrashekaran.

On Thursday, a major landslide was reported in a tea estate in Wayanad, with relief operations underway. Three dead bodies have been recovered so far, with several reported missing, feared dead. According to local reports, the area housed tea estate labourers, their canteen, a temple, and a mosque.

The connectivity to the area was severely hit and rescue operations started only on Friday morning. Two units of National Disaster Relief Force have reached the spot, apart from the state fire and rescue forces. A column of army with 40 soldiers has reached Kochi to assist with the relief work. Six columns of Defense Security Corps— headquartered in Kannur— have been deployed in the northern districts of Kerala and Coorg.

About 65 people are feared stuck in Nilambur, Malappuram district, according to local reports.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Wayanad’s Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for more central forces to assist with relief and rescue operations.

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Pamban Bridge - ഞെട്ടിക്കുന്ന ചില Kerala Flood Again August 1 day ago   05:37

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Pamban Bridge is a railway bridge which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. Opened on 24 February 1914[1], it was India's first sea bridge and was the longest sea bridge in India until the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in 2010. The rail bridge is, for the most part, a conventional bridge resting on concrete piers, but has a double-leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through. Until 1988, the Pamban bridge was the only surface transport that connected Tamil Nadu's island of Rameswaram to the mainland.

In 1988, a road bridge was also constructed parallel to the rail bridge. This road bridge is also known as Indira Gandhi Road Bridge. The Pamban Road Bridge connects the National Highway (NH 49) with the Rameswaram island. It stands on the Palk Strait and between the shores of Mandapam (a place on the Indian mainland) and Pamban (one of the fishermen town in Rameswaram island). It was inaugurated by former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 2 October 1988.This 2.345 km long Bridge took close to 14 years to be completed.

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