Heavy rains continued to lash parts of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra even on Friday. 22 people were killed by the incessant downpour while over 20,000 people have been evacuated from the rain-affected areas in Kerala. Cochin International Airport has decided to shut operations until Sunday in the wake of heavy rainfall. Several trains have been cancelled and buses are keeping off from waterlogged roads. The state government declared holiday for schools in all districts. Two most popular tourist destinations in Kerala — Idukki and Wayanad are severely affected.
Situation grim in Karnataka
Heavy rains killed nine people in Karnataka in last three days. The worst affected area was Belagavi district, where six people have lost their lives. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that Centre assured to extend all assistance to flood-hit state. Several teams of National Disaster Reponse Force (NDRF) have rescued over one lakh stranded people from the rain-hit areas in Karnataka.
Here are the latest updates on heavy rains in Karnataka and Kerala
9.43 pm: Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Kerala on Friday with the toll in the last three days rising to 28 in monsoon-related incidents, including two massive landslides, and over 64,000 people being shifted to relief camps.
At least 40 people are feared trapped under debris in major landslides that shook the badly affected districts of Wayanad and Malappuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
6.21 pm: List of trains cancelled/diverted by the Southern Railway
CHANGE IN PATTERN OF TRAIN SERVICES
Due to traffic interruption on account of heavy rains/flooding in various regions of Palghat Division, the following are the changes in pattern of train services
CANCELLATION OF TRAINS
Train No. 16344 Madurai - Trivandrum Amritha Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16187 Karaikal – Ernakulam Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16343 Trivandrum – Ernakulam Amritha Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16188 Ernakulam - Karaikal Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16526 KSR Bengaluru – Kanyakumari Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16527 Yesvantpur – Kannur Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16320 Banaswadi – Kochuveli Humsafar Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 12624 Trivandrum – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central Mail of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 12696 Trivandrum – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 22640 Alappuzha– Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central Kerala Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No. 16316 Kochuveli – KSR Bengaluru Express of 09th August, 2019 is cancelled.
Train No.17229 Trivandrum - Hyderabad Sabari Express of 09th August is partially cancelled between Ernakulam and Hyderabad.
Train No. 16315 KSR Bengaluru – Kochuveli journey commencing on 09.08.2019 is diverted via Salem – Karur – Dindigul – Madurai – Tirunelveli – Nagercoil Town.
Train No. 16525 Kanyakumari – KSR Bengaluru journey commencing on 09.08.2019 is diverted via Nagercoil Town – Tirunelveli – Madurai – Dindigul – Karur – Erode – Salem.
Train No. 12660 Shalimar – Nagercoil Gurudev Express which left Shalimar on 07.08.2019 is diverted via Palakkad – Pollachi – Dindigul – Madurai – Tirunelveli.
5.25 pm: Kochi airport's closure hits travel plans of Indian expats in UAE
Eid holiday plans of thousands of Indian expatriates from Kerala have been hit by the closure of the Cochin International Airport till Sunday after floodwaters submerged parts of the runway, media reports said on Friday.
Many are upset that their extended weekend plans have been disrupted. Most private companies in the country have declared Eid holidays from 10-13 August.
4:25 pm: GoAir said its flights to and from Kochi and Kannur are affected due to unfavorable weather conditions and airport closure.
4.05 pm: 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), three teams, each of the engineering task force and the Army are currently conducting the rescue operation in Kerala.
4.03 pm: Connectivity has been disrupted — Kochi airport will remain shut until Sunday, trains are running delayed or have been cancelled, buses are off from waterlogged roads
4.00 pm: The meteorological department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours, especially in the hilly areas of the state
3.36 pm: The worst affected is Wayanad. Of the 22,165 people in 315 relief camps in the state, Wayanad has 9,563 people in 105 relief camps, the highest in the state.
3.30 pm: Kerala rains: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today assured the people that there is no need to panic.
"If one compares with the floods that took place the same time last year, this time it's not that serious. As a government, we have taken every precaution and there need be no panic, but just be alert. The need of the hour is people should cooperate with the authorities, if they are asked to move out from places which are likely to turn dangerous, they must comply," said Vijayan.
3.25 pm: Karnataka rains | Central government has assured of extending all assistance to Karnataka to deal with the situation arising out of severe floods and incessant rains in parts of the State, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Friday.
"I am in constant touch with the Central government", Yeddyurappa told reporters at Mudhol in Bagalkot district, where he interacted with the flood-affected people and later undertook an aerial survey.
3.20 pm: Kerala rains: India Meteorological Dept (IMD) issues "red alert" for 9 districts in Kerala.
Red alert has been issued for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod districts.
3.10 pm: Kerala rains: About 2360 people have been shifted to 72 flood relief camps in Ernakulam.
3.05 pm: The states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are main areas of concern now and maximum deployments of NDRF teams are in these states. In Maharashtra, districts of Sangli and Kolhapur are the matter of concern where there is severe flooding, says SN Pradhan, DG NDRF.
2.50 pm: Kerala rains: You can reach the emergency response centre by calling 112. The system is linked with all control room vehicles in the State.
2.48 pm: Karnataka rains: Centre will extend all assistance to flood-hit Karnataka, says Karnataka Chief minister BS Yediyurappa.
2.38 pm: Kerala rains: A 24-hour control room has been set up at the State Police headquarters to assist those affected by the rains.
2.35 pm: Indian Navy opens naval air station INS Garuda for civil flights due to non-availability of Cochin International Airport there.
2.20 pm: According to the weather department, Kerala would continue to receive rains till 11 August, with forecast of very heavy rainfall today.
2.15 pm: Wayanad landslide: A total of 6 bodies have been recovered from Meppadi in Wayanad, where a landslide occurred yesterday.
2.04 pm: Watch here: Incessant rains, landslides batter Kerala’s Wayanad
1.55 pm: Two Kochi-bound flights from Ahmedabad have been cancelled due to heavy rainfall and flood-like situation.
1.02 pm: Karnataka rains: CM BS Yediyurappa conducts an aerial survey of Ghataprabha and Malaprabha river basin.
12.52 pm: Heavy rain has increased across Kerala, Kerala CM Vijayan said
Kerala CM Vijayan tweeted: "Heavy rain has increased across most parts of the State. Red alert has been issued for 9 districts in North and Central Kerala, 3 districts in Central Kerala are under Orange alert and remaining 2 southern districts are issued yellow alert."
12.45 pm: 550 people were rescued from Karassery by a team of ICGS Beypore personnel
12.40 pm: A High-level meeting is underway at Ministry of Home Affairs over situation of flood across country, especially Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat & Maharashtra, reported ANI.
12.35 pm: Six Air India Express flights have been rescheduled in Karnataka's Mangaluru due to operational reasons.
12.31 pm: Karnataka rains:
Due to heavy rains in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh irrigation minister Anil Kumar Yadav will open the gates of the Srisailam reservoir on the Kaveri river today at 5 pm.
12.28 pm: Rainfall recorded on Friday morning ( up to 8.30 am)
Palakkad: 293.1 mm
CIAL (Kochi airport): 212.7 mm
Kozhikode city: 137.6 mm
Kannur: 100 mm
Punalur (Kollam): 99.2 mm
Alappuzha: 30.4 mm
Thiruvananthapuram city: 28.2 mm
12.26 pm: Kerala rains: Over 4000 were shifted out from Malappuram, and about 1500 each from Kannur, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
12.22 pm: Kerala rain update
Moderate to heavy rainfall with wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph is very likely to occur at one or two places in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam & Thrissur districts.
12.17 pm: Incessant rain in Kerala have claimed 23 lives in the past two days.
12.13 pm: Kerala Chief Minister has conducted a review meeting of the disaster management activities of flood-like situation in Kerala.
12.11 pm: Narendra Modi assured to provide assistance required in Kerala, Rahul Gandhi said in tweet.
12.09 pm: Kerala rain update: Train services have been suspended on Kayankulam–Alappuzha–Ernakulam route.
12.07 pm: Kerala rain update: Wayanad to recieve ‘extremely heavy’ (more than 200 mm) rainfall today, says IMD.
12.03 pm: Rahul Gandhi also asks Congress workers to help in relief work in Kerala
Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "I request Congress workers & leaders, citizens & NGOs working in Kerala to help with relief operations in flood hit areas of Wayanad."
11.58 pm: Concerned About Rains in Wayanad: Rahul Gandhi seeks PM Modi's help
Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "The flood situation in my parliamentary constituency, Wayanad is grim. I’m monitoring the situation closely & have spoken to the Kerala CM and key Govt officials to expedite relief.I will be reaching out to PM Modi as well to brief him & request Central Govt." assistance.
11.53 pm: BS Yediyurappa visits relief camps in Karnataka
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa visits relief camps relief camps in Mudhol on Friday.
11.50 pm: Landslide in Wayanad
A heavy landslide has been reported in a spot in Wayanad's Meppadi region in Kerala. Rescue operation is on. More than 100 people have been rescued by NDRF team so far.
11.45 pm: Kerala rain updates: At least 40 people were injured after a KSRTC bus fell into a ditch at Karumankode near Palode.
11.35 pm: India Meteorological Department has issued a red code warning for Kerala, south interior and coastal Karnataka. These regions are facing flood-like situation, which may aggravate with several river flowing above their danger levels.
11.30 pm: Central Water Commission has issued flood alerts in Kerala.
11.15 pm: Cochin International Airport will remain shut until Sunday in the wake of flood-like situation in Kerala.