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Monsoon rains: Red alert in 9 Kerala districts; floods wreak havoc in Maharashtra, Karnataka

Monsoon rains across India: Over 10,000 people have been evacuated to safe areas; over 27 people have drowned in Maharashtra; nine people have drowned in Karnataka, while over 44,000 people have been displaced

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Monsoon rains: Red alert in 9 Kerala districts; floods wreak havoc in Maharashtra, Karnataka

Monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha and eastern part of India. At least 22 people have lost lives in floods in Kerala alone, and over 10,000 people have been evacuated to safe areas. At least 27 people have drowned in Maharashtra. In Karnataka, nine people have drowned while over 44,000 people have been displaced. Incessant rains have also triggered flooding in several parts of Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gurajat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, leading to major devastation. The Kerala government has issued a red alert in the wake of excess rainfall. The Kochi International airport has suspended all operations till Sunday as the runway area in the airport is water logged due to flood. The Kerala government has declared holiday for the day for all schools. Wayanad, Kozhikode and Idukki are the most-affected districts. The Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called to rescue people stuck in flood-prone areas. Kerala had also seen the worst floods in a century in 2018, in which over 417 people lost lives and several went missing. As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the next two days will see more rains in Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

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1.49 PM: 6 bodies recovered from Meppadi

1.32 PM: Red alert has been issued for 9 districts in North and Central Kerala.

1.28 PM: Indian Navy has opened its air base at Cochin for operation of civil flights.

1.27 PM: Floods wreak havoc on Kerala; 22 dead

Around 22 people have lost their lives in the Kerala floods and more than 22,000 have been evacuated. According to latest updates, 22,165 people have been shifted to 315 relief camps in the state. Wayanad, Malappuram, Kannur and Idukki are the worst affected. Red alert has been issued for nine districts in the state.

1.25 PM: NDRF perssonel distributes biscuits and other food items among flood-affected people in Bhilawadi town of Sangli district.

1.12 PM: CM BS Yediyurappa conducts an aerial survey of Ghataprabha and Malaprabha river basin.

12.03 PM: RahulGandhi spoke to the Prime Minister, seeking all possible assistance for the people severely affected by the floods and landslides in the state, especially in Wayanad.

11.55 AM: Traffic movement, through Pattambi bridge, stops as the bridge is flooded.

11.49 AM: Weathermen are predicting heavy to very heavy rains over many parts of the the Gujarat region on Friday, says SkymetWeather.

11.44 AM: Heavy to very heavy rains in Kerala in  next 2 days

No relief in terms of rains is expected for the next two to three days. Heavy to very heavy rains will continue  in parts of Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode which also remain on red alert. -- SkymetWeather 

11.41 AM: Rahul speaks to PM Modi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to talk about the flood situation in Kerala. He also sought financial assistance for those affected in the flood-hit state, including in his constituency Wayanad. 

11.34 AM: Red alert has issued in nine districts of Kerala, including Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur. Orange alert has been issued in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam districts.

10.54 AM: 500 passengers stranded in Maharashtra's Kolhapur

10.50 AM: The Kerala government has declared holiday for the day for all schools across the state due to incessant rains.

10.35 AM: Around 100 persons evacuated safely in Wayanad.

10.34 AM: Visuals of Areekode town of Kozhikode district where rains have flooded markets and residential areas.

Also read: Kochi International airport suspends operations till August 11 due to flood

10.32 AM: A woman, child dies in cloudburst in Uttarakhand.

10.31 AM: Srikanta Prasad, Superintendent Engineer, Kabini Circle, in Karanataka: "Over 10,00,00 cusec of water has been released from Kabini Dam, 1,50,00 cusec of water released from Taraka Dam & 1,00,00 cusec of water released from Nagu Dam." -ANI

10.30 AM: 15 people rescued from Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh.

10.28 AM: NDRF perssonnel carrying out rescue ops in Maharashtra.

10.11 AM: In Kerala, death toll has risen to 12 so far and over 22,000 people have been moved to relief camp.

10.07 AM: In Wayanad, which is among the worst affected in Kerala, 9,951 people have taken shelter in 105 camps, while in Malappuram, 4,106 people have been shifted to 26 camps.

10.03 AM: Domestic airline IndiGo, in a statement said, "All our flight operations to/fro Kochi are impacted due to airport closure owing to flood situation".  "We are offering change and cancellation fee waiver to passengers travelling between August 9 and August 11, 2019," IndiGo added.

10.01 AM: Traffic movement through Pattambi bridge stopped, after the bridge was flooded due to overflow of Bharathappuzha river. -ANI 

9.58 AM: 54 people have been rescued by NDRF from Puthumala near Meppadi in Wayanad, Kerala.

9.56 AM: Six Air India Express flights have been rescheduled due to operational reasons.

8.30 AM: The Kochi International airport on Friday suspended all operations till Sunday as the runway area in the airport is water logged due to flood, the airport authorities said. "Kochi Airport closes operations till 1500 hrs of Sunday (11/08/2019)," a statement issued by the Airport said. A Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) spokesman said the runway area of the airport is water logged due to the flood.

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