Kerala weather update: Authorities rescue 3 pregnant women trapped in forest

Image source: PTI. A young horse rides past a partially submerged Hindu temple through the waters of the Periyar River, which was flooded by heavy rains, in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

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  • Heavy rain in various parts of southern state of Kerala
  • The authorities on Friday rescued 3 pregnant women trapped in the forest during the rain.
  • They were later shifted to a safer colony with the help of forest department and police.

Kerala Weather UpdatesAuthorities on Friday (August 5) rescued three pregnant women who were trapped in a forest during the rain, amid heavy rains lashing various areas of the southern state of Kerala.

The women got stuck in the middle of the forest during heavy rains and were later shifted to a safer colony with the help of forest department and police.

Refusing to go to the hospital, one of the three women gave birth to a baby girl in the forest. The new mother and baby are safe. The other two expectant mothers are six and seven months pregnant. A team led by the District Medical Officer reassured the three and later shifted them to Chalakudy Taluk Hospital.

The team rescued them using a flatboat and covered a two kilometer adventure through Peringalkuth reservoir. Kerala Health Minister Veena George took note of the incident and congratulated the team that rescued the pregnant women. Earlier, in view of heavy rains, the Kerala State Water Authority on Friday opened four shutters of the Malampuzha dam and issued a warning to those involved. Mukkaipuzha, Kalpathipuzha and Bharathapuzha live close to the banks of the rivers.

According to the rule curve, the capacity of the dam is 112.99 metres. At present the situation is not alarming but in view of the heavy rains the shutters were opened and increased by 5 cms.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted widespread rain in Kerala from August 4 to 8 and warned that the state may expect extremely heavy rainfall in its Ghat areas.

Water level in all major rivers of Kottayam and Pathanamthitta is rising rapidly and people are being shifted to relief camps. More than 2,000 people are in relief camps across the state. So far six people have died in Kerala due to heavy rains.

Earlier on August 4, the shutters of Sholayar and Peringalkuthu dams were raised and the Chalakudy river is in spate. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged people living on the banks of the Chalakudy river to move out as the water flow is likely to increase by evening. , He said those living in low-lying areas of Thrissur and Ernakulam districts should remain vigilant. Friday has been declared a holiday in educational institutions in Idukki district due to rain.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in areas of the state where landslides and floods are likely and air and naval forces have been kept on standby. Earlier in the month of July, Kannur and Kasaragod districts had received heavy rains along with the inflow of rivers of Kasaragod. Several houses in Kannur collapsed and were partially damaged due to rain water going inside. A family had to be shifted from Payyannur Municipality due to overflow.

The water level of Kadalundi (Malapuram), Bharathapuzha (Palakkad), Shiriya (Kasaragod), Karavannur (Thrissur) and Gayathripuzha (Thrissur) rivers have reached the warning level.

(with ANI inputs)

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