Heavy Rains, Flood, Air Crash, Landslide, COVID-19: Kerala goes through the toughest times

With heavy rains, flood situation across the state, massive landslide, Kozhikode air crash and the largest spike of COVID-19 cases, Kerala is going through one of the worst times in its history.

President Ram Konvid, Prime Minister Modi and foreign politicians including Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed their condolences on the tragedies that have shaken the tiny Indian state.

“In the past 48 hours, Kerala has seen two tragedies and this has affected the state very badly. I got a call from the President who has conveyed his deep condolences,” said Kerala Governor Arif Muhammed Khan.

It was on Thursday night that a landslide near Munnar in Idukki district left 23 people dead. Around 50 people residing in four tea estate lines are missing after a portion of a huge hill came down on them.

And on Friday night an Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway at Kozhikode airport and fell into a 35 feet deep gorge, leaving 18 dead and several others injured.

Pinarayi Vijayan said Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him soon after learning about the accident.

“The flight had 190 people on board and included six crew. Eighteen people including the two pilots and a crew member have died. Among the dead are 14 senior citizens (seven men and 7 women) and four children. 149 of the injured passengers are in various hospitals, 23 of them have been discharged, while the condition of 21 is serious,” said Vijayan.

Meanwhile, the state recorded the highest single-day spike of 1420 COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed about the new cases while addressing a press meet here.

1216 people contracted the virus through contact. 1715 recovery cases were also reported on Saturday. At the same time, 4 deaths due to COVID-19 was confirmed.