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Kerala floods: Rescue operations on war-footing; Kochi Metro services suspended

All training activities have been suspended by the Southern Naval Command, which has deployed all its available resources for the rescue operations.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 16 Aug 2018, 11:56:22
Kerala Floods (Pic: ANI) Kerala Floods (Pic: ANI)

Thiruvanantpuram: All the three defence forces, the NDRF and private groups are making efforts to rescue people stranded in their homes in several parts of flood-hit Kerala. 

All training activities have been suspended by the Southern Naval Command, which has deployed all its available resources for the rescue operations, that are on war-footing now.

Many people were air-lifted by the Air Force from flooded areas Wednesday night. The public transport system has badly hit in many parts of the state. A day after the airport in Kochi suspended operations for three days, the Kochi Metro also stopped its services on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, 25 people died due to floods and landslides taking the number of dead to 67. On Thursday, the death toll rose to 73. A rainfall red alert has been issued across the state.

"Due to rise in water level at Bridge No 176 on Downline between Angamali and Aluva, The services on this bridge is suspended," a Southern railway spokesman said in a statement early today.

The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) also suspended its operations this morning after its yard in Muttom near Aluva submerged in the flood waters.

"Kochi Metro train operation is suspended as the water level rises in Muttom yard area," a KMRL statement said.


First Published: 16 Aug 2018, 11:05:06

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