Following a red alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD)- of heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Kerala, torrential rains pounded Idukki district, resulting in a major landslide. Several estate workers of a tea plantation are feared trapped.
In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took stock of the state administration's preparedness in Mumbai and other parts of the state. The rain intensity reduced on Friday morning and the water receded in several flooded areas, leading to a gradual resumption road transport services, officials said. Heavy rainfall continues to lash parts of Karnataka and Kerala.
Here are the Live Updates:
- Landslides Continue to Wreak Havoc in Karnataka | Many places in Malnad, coastal and north interior regions of the state have been affected by deluge, putting life and properties at risk. While most of the rivers in these regions are swollen due to rising inflow because of showers continuing in the catchment areas, there are reports of landslips in hilly regions of Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru.
- IMD issues red alert till tomorrow in Karnataka's Hassan, Kodagu, Chikmaglur and Shimoga districts. Meanwhile, SDRF teams reached Acchinadu in Kodagu district to carry rescue operations as floodwaters continue to rise.
- In Kodagu district in Karnataka, five members, including the chief priest of the Talacauvery temple have gone missing in the floods. The priest, Narayana Achar, his wife Shantha, another relative Ananth, two young boys, who helped with rituals at the shrine are suspected to have been buried in the landslide. Their home is barely 500 metres from the temple. Rescue efforts are on but the SDRF team has been unable to reach them for over two days now.
- Rescue Operations Underway in Idukki | Idukki District Collector H Dineshan told News18 that nine people have lost their lives, while 12 have, so far, been rescued. A total of 78 people were present at the site and the search to find the remaining 57 is underway, he said. “It is a remote area, so connectivity and road access is poor. However, all our teams have reached there. Rescue operations are on,” he added. Four NDRF teams are also expected to reach in the evening.
- Medical teams from Ernakulam and Kottayam districts deployed to Idukki, announced Kerala Government.
- As many as 82 persons were in the disaster spot, five persons were found dead and five were rescued. It was totally unexpected, Idukki district collector H. Dineshan said.
- Karnataka cabinet minister V Somanna visits landslide affected areas in Kodagu district. Heavy overnight downpour resulted in a landslide in the district, NDRF has been deployed.
-IMD issued an orange alert for parts of Kerala, including Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, till Sunday, August 9.
- Where did the landslide happen?
The landslide occurred at Pettimudi estate, a tea plantation in Rajamala area near Munnar, where around 80 people reside and several are feared trapped under the debris.
- A mobile medical team and 15 ambulances have been sent to Idukki to arrange treatment. More medical teams will be sent if necessary, said Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja.
- A day after strong winds reaching up to 100 kmph along with heavy rain pounded Mumbai, the rain intensity came down on Friday with water receding in some flooded areas. The weather bureau has predicted further reduction in rainfall activity.
- National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed to rescue the landslide victims in Idukki's Rajamala. Police,
fire, forest and revenue officials also instructed to intensify rescue operation, said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
- Streets waterlogged in Malappuram's Nilambur area, due to overnight heavy downpour. While rainfall continues to lash Wayanad district. IMD has issued a red alert- extremely heavy rainfall in Kerala till August 9.
- The Panchaganga river in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra is still flowing above the danger mark, but the rise in water level is slow and steady due to discharge of water from a dam, officials from the local administration said.
- Vehicular movement halted at Alageshwara road in Koppa town of Chikmagalur district, Karnataka following a landslide due to overnight rainfall. The state authorities are working to clear the way.
- Parts of Kodagu district continue to reel under flood-like situation due to incessant rainfall.
- Landslide occurs in Idukki district's Rajamala area, Kerala. The Police and fire department rushed to the spot.
- Famous Siva temple in Aluva district of Kerala is half-submerged in water due to the rise in water level in the nearby Periyar River. During the 2018 flood, the temple was almost completely submerged in floodwaters.
- Over the last two days, 361 instances of tree fall were recorded across Mumbai. Heavy downpour accompanied by thunder and high-speed winds, reaching up to 70 kmps. This resulted in the uprooting of nearly 140 trees. Of them, 112 were from the island city.
- Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, accompanied by State Minister Aaditya Thackeray visited Peddar Road where a portion of a wall had collapsed, to take stock of the damage caused by torrential rain and strong winds.