Kerala rain: Union ministers to visit worst-hit areas

By PTI Published on Jul 21, 2018 03:27 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala has gone up, with two people losing their lives in a house collapse.

A man and his son were killed when their dilapidated mud hut collapsed in the heavy rains in Thrissur district, according to sources in the cell monitoring rain-related incidents.

One person was missing in Alappuzha district. A central team led by Union minister of state for Home, Kiran Rijiju, and Tourism minister, K J Alphons, will be visiting the worst-hit Kottayam and Alappuzha districts besides Chellanam in Ernakulam, sources said.

About 1.18 lakh people have sought refuge in 606 relief camps across Kerala, as rains continue to lash several parts of the state in varied intensity, official sources said. A total of 50,836 people are now in 212 relief camps opened in Alappuzha while 37,657 are in 164 camps in neighbouring Kottayam, the two worst-hit districts in the state, they added.

There was no respite from waterlogging at many places in the districts. People, including women and children, were seen moving in waist-deep water. As major roads are flooded and state-run KSRTC buses have stopped services in many places, people were stranded in many areas of Alappuzha, including Muttar and Kainakari.

Scarcity of safe drinking water and possible threat of water-borne disease are also cause of worry for the locals.

The meteorological department here has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places in the state till tomorrow. Strong winds mainly from westerly direction with speed occasionally reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 60 kmph are likely along and off the Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area, it said.