Kerala’s ‘Own Army’ once again to rescue flood hit people

The Fishermen in the state, who were the real heroes during the 2018 flood, has once again reached out to help the people who are stranded in the floods in the Northern Districts of Kerala. About 15 boats have moved to Nilambur, which has been isolated from other places.

With rains playing havoc and many places under water, the fishermen community have declared their unconditional support for rescue operations. Talking to kadapuram, National Fish Workers Forum General Secretary T Peter said that about 15 boats have moved to Nilambur from Thannur area.

“We have already told the authorities about our readiness. The fishermen are ready to go from any part of the state to any place that is in urgent need of any assistance,” he said.

“As we have been called as Kerala Army for our service in 2018 floods, we are ready any time to serve the state,” he said.

Rains continue to play havoc in the state with many places under water and some of the places even cut out from the main land. About 14 people have died in the incessant rains till now. As many as 25,000 people have been shifted to 320 relief camps.

The northern districts are the worst hot with rains continuing for the last two days. A major landslide has been reported at Puthumala, Wayanad. Houses, religious places and other buildings are trapped under the debris and about 40 persons are said to be missing in the landslide. With the road and other connectivity in shambles, the rescue teams are finding it hard to reach the region. The army has been called for help.

Water levels have risen in many of the rivers such as Chaliyar, Manimala, Valapattanam, Pampa and Moovattupuzha. The water levels in dams have also started to rise, officials said.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting on Thursday and took stock of the present situation. The Centre has been requested to deploy more NDRF teams in the state.

With the exception of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, all the other 12 districts have been hit. Red alert has been declared in Idukki, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. The Kochin International Airport has been closed till Sunday.  

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