Disaster/ Flood-landslides in Kerala and Karnataka: Toll reaches 112, 50 people buried alive in debris in Malappuram

  • Flood situation in 8 districts of Kerala grim due to heavy rains since August 8, 2.5 lakh people in relief camps
  • 21 bodies found in debris after massive landslides in Malappuram and Wayanad, 58 missing
  • Rahul Gandhi arrives in Wayanad to take stock of flood, Amit Shah conducts air survey of Beglavi

Thiruvananthapuram: Eight districts have been badly affected by the floods and rains in Kerala. On Monday, the death toll in the state reached 72. As many as 58 people are still missing. More than 2.5 lakh people have been displaced from the flood affected areas and shifted in 1640 relief camps. 

On the other hand, 17 districts of Karnataka are also vulnerable to floods. In the last 12 days, 40 people lost their lives, while 14 people are missing.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a meeting with officials on Sunday. He said that 72 people have lost their lives in the continuous rains and floods since 8 August. More than 2500 houses were completely destroyed in the state. Landslides occurred in about 100 places due to heavy rains. 

As of Sunday evening, 23 bodies were found in Malappuram, 17 in Kozhikode and 12 in Wayanad. Hundreds of people are stranded in floods in about 10 tribal areas of Palakkad district due to loss of contact. In Kerala, traffic has been affected due to falling of trees and rocks on railway tracks.

57 buried in debris in Nilambur and Puthumala

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has reached his constituency Wayanad to take stock of the floods. On Sunday, he visited Nilambur in Malappuram. Here, 35 houses were buried after the August 8 landslide. Eyewitnesses claim that at least 65 people have been buried alive here. NDRF is running a rescue operation. 

In Nilambur, bodies of 11 people have so far been recovered from the rubble. According to officials, 50 people are feared trapped under the debris. Landslides also killed 10 people in Puthumala in Wayanad district. 7 people are missing here.

40 killed in 12 days due to floods in Karnataka

On the other hand, 17 districts of Karnataka were the most affected due to rain and floods. Since August 1, 40 people have died, while 14 are missing. Floods have caused havoc in Belagavi. 

Army and NDRF rescued 5 lakh 81 thousand people in the state. The government has built 1168 relief camps for the flood victims. On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah made an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Belagavi. Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa was also with him during this period. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall for the next 5 days in Belagavi.