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IMD sounds heavy rain alert for Kerala till Monday, Army rescues 752 persons

The India Meteorological Department announced a red alert for Idukki and Wayanad till August 14 and orange alert till August 15. Kannur has been put on red alert till August 13 and orange alert till August 15.

Tiruvanthapuram: Eleven out of Kerala’s 14 districts have been inundated by floods and teams of armed forces, sent by the Centre, have been helping the state government tackle the situation over the last three days even as the rain eased a bit on Saturday after three days of heavy downpour, said Union Minister KJ Alphons.

So far, the Army has rescued 752 persons, including 22 foreigners from Idduki.

Alphons also said that, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have also been sent and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the situation

The India Meteorological Department announced a red alert for Idukki and Wayanad till August 14 and amber alert till August 15. Kannur has been put on red alert till August 13 and amber alert till August 15.

Almost 30 people have been killed and nearly 54,000 rendered homeless due to the torrential rains in the state. While dams and rivers overflowed, parts of highways collapsed, and homes were swept away in severe flooding across the state as the heavy downpour continued for the third day on Friday.

The flooding became more intense after all five gates of the Idukki dam were opened and shutters of more than two dozen dams were lifted, making the Periyar river swell further. The rains had already increased its flow. Almost all 40-odd rivers in the state are in spate, officials said.

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