Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the army's help in the relief and rescue operations as rains battered several parts of Kerala and claimed eight lives, including a one-year-old child.
Over 8,000 people had been evacuated to over 122 relief camps.
Outgoing Congress chief and Wayanad Lok Sabha member Rahul Gandhi has also stepped in to help the people.
Reports coming from Wayanad indicate that a huge landslide at Meppadi has marooned around 2,000 people. A temple, mosque and estate workers quarters have collapsed in the area.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in the state till August 14. Red alerts have been issued in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts.
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10:40 pm | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the army's help in the relief and rescue operations as rains battered several parts of Kerala and claimed eight lives, including a one-year-old child. Over 8,000 people had been evacuated to over 122 relief camps, said an official, here on Thursday.
09:38 pm | Operations suspended at Kochi airport till 12 am as a precautionary measure.
09:22 pm | MLA CK Sreedharan ensured that the Navy with its engineering force and NDRF team will soon arrive in the flood-affected sites.
09:19 pm | A house collapsed at Kalpetta town of Wayanad district after a heavy rainfall in the area. No casualties reported.
09:00 pm | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the grim flood situation in the state and said that he has postponed his visit to his parliamentary constituency of Wayanad as the flood relief work would be affected.
Rahul Gandhi: I was planning to go there but the Collector told me that will not be a good idea because it would disturb rescue operations. I will try and go there as soon as possible. #Wayanad https://t.co/WnNL9PA6Jv— ANI (@ANI) August 8, 2019
08:45 pm | Traffic restrictions extended to heavy vehicles due to landslide in some areas of Wayanad district.
08:15 pm | Landslide causes long cracks on roads in Wayanad districts.
07:50 pm | A house collapsed in Kalpetta district due to heavy rainfall in the region. The house was empty when the incident occurred.
06:43 pm | Kakkayam Dam in Kohikode district is likely to open its shutters soon.
06:30 pm | A couple, Mahesh and Preeti, lost their lives in a landslide at Muttimala in Wayanad district, when rocks and mud knocked down their house. They were from Pazhassi Adivasi colony.
05:41 pm | Red alert declared in Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. While in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, Orange alert has been declared.
05:37 pm | An orange alert has been declared in Alappuzha district. The District Collector also declared holiday on Friday for all educational institutions.
05:34 pm | University of Calicut has postponed all the examinations which were supposed to be conducted tomorrow. The new examination dates will be announced later: Controller of Examinations.
05:21 pm | A year-and-half-old girl lost her life in a landslide in Chinnakanal village of Idukki district. While three men injured in a cardamom plantation behind Chancellor resort.
04:50 pm | Images of a landslide at Karulaayi forest in Mallapuram district.
04:19 pm |
04:05 pm | Landslides reported in Adakkathodu and Nelliyodu in Kannur district, and Karulaayi forest in Mallapuram district.
03:58 pm | Normal life was also affected in Munnar as the water level rose in the Kannimala river.
03:51 pm | According to state revenue authorities, around 138 houses were partially damaged and eight were fully damaged on Wednesday, taking the total number of houses damaged both partially and fully to 1992 and 139 houses, respectively. So far, 17 camps have been opened by the authorities, accomodating 1,035 people.
03:46 pm | Three flights from Kozhikode have been diverted due to heavy rains. Etihad flight from Kozhikode to Abu Dhabi has been cancelled for today.
03:38 pm | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting to assess the situation in the eight flood-affected districts.
03:00 pm | Rain continues to lash in Panjal, Thrissur. Electric lines are damaged and trees are uprooted in the area.
02:48 pm | Heavy rains to continue in Kerala for today and tomorrow, says K Santosh, IMD Director.
02:39 pm | Latest visuals from Munnar town of Idukki district
02:31 pm | Latest visuals of Nilambur town of Mallapuram District in Kerala