Torrential rains have created a ruckus at many places across the country. The worst affected is Kerala. The state has been receiving heavy rains since Friday evening. 21 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the southern state. Many are missing. At the same time, there was heavy rain in many states including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi-NCR on Sunday. The Meteorological Department has forecast that heavy rains will continue in more than 22 states and union territories. Uttarakhand has issued an alert in view of heavy rains. The central government is also monitoring the situation.
The situation in Kerala has become very bad. Heavy rains have continued in the state since Friday evening. Due to this, the roads have been flooded in many places. Normal traffic is affected. The number of people who lost their lives in rain-related incidents is increasing continuously. The state government has sought the assistance of the armed forces after several landslides triggered by unprecedented rains lashed the hilly areas of several villages and small towns. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is carrying out intensive rescue operations.
Army took command
Army, Navy and Air Force have been deployed to carry out flood relief operations in Kerala on Sunday. The flow of water in the rivers has increased due to the rains. Many districts of the state are affected by the floods. In view of the red alert in five districts of Kerala, the Southern Naval Command Headquarters has been prepared to assist in the rescue operations along with the local administration. Meanwhile, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has sought assistance from the Southern Naval Command in Kochi to airlift the stranded families in the worst-affected village of Kottikal in Kottayam district.
According to officials, Army, Navy and Air Force personnel are on their way to Kottikal and neighboring Peruvanthanam village. In a tweet, the Indian Air Force said, “Medium lift helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been inducted for the flood relief efforts in the districts of Kerala which have been flooded due to heavy rains.” The Army said its two contingents are already stationed in Wayanad and Kottayam with engineering and medical components.
Amit Shah in action
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the Center will provide all possible help to the people of Kerala affected by heavy rains and floods. In a tweet, he said the government is “continuously monitoring the situation in some parts of Kerala in view of heavy rains and floods”. Shah said, ‘The central government will provide all possible help to the needy people. NDRF team has already been sent to assist in the rescue operation. Praying for everyone’s safety.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 11 teams in the state for search, rescue and relief operations. The death toll due to heavy rains and landslides rose to 21 on Sunday.
Heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms in Delhi-NCR
Light to moderate rain occurred in Delhi and adjoining areas of the National Capital Region on Sunday afternoon. After the rain, it was cloudy at many places. After 12.30 pm, dark clouds covered Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas. By 1 pm, thunderstorms started in Noida, East Delhi, South Delhi and Gurugram.
As predicted by the India Meteorological Department, beyond the national capital, rainfall occurred at Loni (Rural), Hindon Air Force Station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, Manesar and Ballabhgarh.
IMD had predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Delhi-NCR, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and East Rajasthan, besides Himachal Pradesh and West Uttar Pradesh on Sunday and Monday. . It rained in many areas in UP including Lucknow. Trees were uprooted in many places in the storm.
rain alert in uttarakhand
Winter knocked in most places of Uttarakhand due to rain and snowfall on high hills. At the same time, in view of the meteorological department’s alert of heavy rain for the next two days, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has appealed to the officials to be alert and take special care of the tourists and pilgrims going on Chardham Yatra.
Dhami inquired about the situation from Chief Secretary Dr. SS Sandhu regarding the heavy rains in the state and directed the employees of Police, SDRF and other related departments to be put on high alert at sensitive places.
He said that wherever there is any incident, the response time should be minimum. The affected should get immediate relief if needed. While giving instructions to take special care on the Char Dham Yatra route, he said that devotees and tourists should be appealed to take precautions. According to information received from Garhwal and Kumaon, most parts of the state have been receiving rain since morning. However, the rain started in the afternoon in the lake city of Nainital.