As Kerala faces one of its worst-ever calamities due to torrential rains and floods which have till now claimed more than 300 lives, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has urged those living in the state to be safe and “stay indoors” as much as they can. Also Read - Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli Spent Only 21 Days Together in 6 Months of Their Marriage
Kohli, who is currently leading Team India in the five-match Test series in England, on Friday, took to Twitter and expressed hope that the situation in the southern state recovers soon. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Feature in AB de Villiers' Star-studded IPL XI; MS Dhoni to Lead Side
“Everyone in Kerala, please be safe and stay indoors as much as you can. Hope the situation recovers soon. Also, thanking the Indian army and NDRF for their incredible support in this critical condition. Stay strong and stay safe,” he tweeted. Also Read - Everyday we Should Celebrate Spirit of Doctors & Healthcare Workers: Virat Kohli
Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman also took to the social media website and said that his prayers were with the people those affected by floods in the state. Along with the tweet, Laxman also posted a picture containing information about the rescue camps and their locations.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also called on the citizens to help the flood-affected people in Kerala “to deal with the crisis and get back on their feet.”
“Prayers and thoughts with the people of Kerala,” tweeted tennis star Sania Mirza.
State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that nearly 324 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Kerala in the last nine days. Nearly 2.2 lakh people were put up in 1,568 relief camps across the state. “Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps,” read a tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Due to heavy rains, landslips and flash floods, 17 trains between Karnataka and Kerala have been cancelled and two others have been diverted, news agency ANI reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who talked to Vijayan on the flood situation on Friday, will travel to the state for an aerial view of the affected areas.
Earlier in the day, more than a dozen helicopters, hundreds of defence personnel, NDRF teams and ordinary fishermen with their motorboats launched a massive rescue operation in the flood-ravaged state.
As of Friday, 16 Army, 28 Coast Guard, 39 NDRF and 42 Navy teams were engaged in the rescue operations, while another 14 more National Disaster Response Force teams would reach Kerala during the day, said Vijayan.