Kerala is in the midst of its worst ever flood. For the first time in its history, 35 of the state's 39 dams have been opened. All 14 districts in the state have been put on red alert. The districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram and Pathanamthitta are the worst-affected, with many residents seeking refuge on upper floors of homes or in need of evacuation. Seventy two people have reportedly died due as a result of the floods so far.
Rivers continue to overflow even as landslides and waterlogged roads have resulted in many areas being cut-off. The rains have also disrupted transportation, with services on roads, railways and air being limited or suspended entirely.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi two times, seeking aid and assistance in rescue operations. Rescue efforts are being carried on by the army, navy, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as well as the coast guard. “The situation is grave, the rain is expected to continue. I spoke to the Prime Minister and President. I also asked the Prime Minister to speak to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister about bringing down the water level in Mullaperiyar dam,” Vijayan said.