Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called on human life to be more important than property in the event of heavy rain. He was speaking to the media after reviewing the flood situation.
The Chief Minister said that as many as 15 lakhs and sixty thousand power lines were not functioning in the flood-hit Kerala because the high-tension lines at Chaliyar were turned off. The government has directed the police to restrict the movement of people across Chaliyar. At present, 9 substations have been closed and 4 stations have been damaged. There is widespread damage to roads. Six major roads have also been closed.
Works in the relief camps are being exercised energetically. Speedy arrangements have been made to carry out postmortems of the casualties. Health and safety of the people in camps have been ensured.
The Chief Minister has advised people not to seek shelter under trees where there are landslides. He has asked people to not stay back to witness the rescue operations and landslides, giving your own life at risk. Chief Minister has requested public to give space for rescue vehicles and ambulances. The civilians are not encouraged to for inspection of the ruined structures.
He said that collectors have been instructed to repair communications systems, and to ensure that vehicles with cell-on-wheel systems be delivered to the site where the mobile towers are damaged.