With heavy rains battering Kerala, leaving hundreds of thousands of people stranded, 5,000 more police personnel have been deployed to the state to assist in rescue operations. This apart from the 35,000 officials and volunteers already taking part in the rescue operations in the state.
Personnel from the Crime Branch, Special Branch and other special wings of the state police have been mobilised to take part in the rescue and relief operations.
State Police Chief Loknath Behera in a press statement said that senior police officials have been tasked with monitoring rescue operations in the worst hit areas.
DIG Shafeen Ahmed is in charge of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts. Inspector General of Police Vijay Sakhare will monitor operations in Ernakulam, while the police team operations in Thrissur will be coordinated by Range IG, MR Ajith Kumar.
Inspector General S Sreejith will also be monitoring the operations in Thrissur.
The other officers in charge are KG Simon, Commandant Kerala Armed Police, in Aranmula, Thiruvalla and Ranni. Reji Jacob, Assistant Director of Kerala Police Academy, is in charge of Chengannur and Kuttanad.
Police officers are also in the rescue teams carrying out operations in helicopters. The operations will be in coordination with the Disaster Management Authority, Navy and Army.
The police team is also distributing food, clothes and other materials in relief camps. The police chief has requested the public to bring such materials at district headquarters and police stations.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while briefing the media on Friday morning, said that the state is trying to rescue as many stranded people as possible. As per statistics, as many as 2,23,000 people are housed in the 1,568 district camps opened across the state.
Chengannur, Pandalam and Chalakudy towns are almost cut-off due to the flooding, while Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Thrissur and Ernakulam are the worst-affected districts.