New Delhi: A red alert has been sounded in 13 districts of Kerala, except Kasaragod. The state has been witnessing incessant rain since past few days, causing flooding and landslide in the state. So far, at least 324 people have lost their lives in the havoc.
Earlier in the morning, five units of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) reached Thiruvananthapuram and were deployed for rescue operations. 35 teams are expected to reach there today.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to head to Kerala to review the flood situation in the state.
"Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss flood situation in the state. He had also asked the Defence Ministry to step up the rescue and relief operations across the state.
The Indian Coast Guard's rescue and relief team from Vandiperiyar has been shifted to the flood-affected Manjumala village in Kerala's Idukki district.
So far, the team has rescued 16 stranded people from the village. Food and dry ration have been distributed among them.
Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been tasked to mobilise additional manpower, boats, and helicopters to scale up the rescue and relief operations.