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Kerala in debt of heavy rainfall



Kerala: Troubling memories of 2018 floods batters down Kerala once again. Heavy rainfall in past few days has caused flood situations again in Kerala. 22 Relief camps are also being organized for the people who are living in the areas where flood has been effective.

17 people have died due to flood and landslide in the region. 9 cities have been put on red alert. They are Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. Of this, extremely heavy rainfall is considered likely in Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kannur.

Army has been deployed in Pangode military station. It is three columns of army which has been deployed there.  Flight operations at Cochin International Airport in Kerala have been stopped till 3 pm on Sunday due to heavy rain, airport officials said today. The water level in Periyar River and a canal near the airport has been rising. At least 17 people have died in the floods since Thursday.

Several are trapped under the debris and 200 are injured, officials said. A hundred people have been rescued, while two bodies have been found. Officials said the rescue operation may take 12 hours. Teams of the Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the fire department are at the site. Schools and colleges are shut in all 14 districts of the southern state today. No university exam will be held today, officials said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met with officials of the State Disaster Management Authority at their control room to oversee coordination of relief and rescue.


Woman, three children die in fire in UP village



Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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