Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Unabated rains in Kerala prompted authorities to open floodgates of various dams on Wednesday.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday described the ongoing flood fury in Kerala as something that had never happened in the history of the state wherein "almost all dams have been opened".
"Most of our water treatment plants are submerged, motors are damaged. We're keeping all this in mind but our priority is to get drinking water to the people," Vijayan stated.
Vijayan noted all "the officials are involved in the rescue and relief operations".
He shared that the rains are likely to continue "for the next four days too".
We're witnessing something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala. Almost all dams are opened. Most of our water treatment plants are submerged, motors are damaged. We're keeping all this in mind but our priority is to get drinking water to the people: Kerala CM pic.twitter.com/j0tI6Ybdwm— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018
"The neighbouring states have been helping us and we need their help in the future too," the Chief Minister stated.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a conversation with CM Vijayan on Wednesday to discuss the flood situation in Kerala.
All the officials are involved in the rescue & relief operations. The rain will continue for the next four days too & we all need to be careful. The neighboring states have been helping us & we need their help in the future too: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/hESXHeU5NK— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018
"Centre stands firmly with the people of Kerala and is ready to provide any assistance needed," PM Modi tweeted.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday declared high alert in five districts.
CM Kumaraswamy directed Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga districts to be on high alert in view of heavy rainfall.
Kerala: Death toll due to flooding caused by heavy and incessant rains in the state rises to 67. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/UrUMcjugc8— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2018
Unabated rains in Kerala prompted authorities to open floodgates of various dams on Wednesday. According to reports, the rise in water levels has severely hit districts across the state killing at least 67 people so far. A Red Alert has been sounded in 12 of 14 districts.
Had a detailed discussion with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the unfortunate flood situation in the state. Centre stands firmly with the people of Kerala and is ready to provide any assistance needed. @CMOKerala— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2018
Operations at the Kochi airport have been suspended till August 18 and flights were being diverted to various airports.
MeT officials have predicted heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty winds with speed reaching 60 kmph to hit Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts.