Video of a man neck-deep in water in his house in Chengannur, Kerala, has been doing the rounds. Several distress messages have emerged, of people asking for help for their relatives stuck in various parts of the municipal town in Alappuzha district.
Both Chengannur and Kuttanad in Alappuzha seem to be isolated following heavy rains and floods, with people stranded in their houses.
Water level in these areas appears to have risen after the opening of Kakki, Anathodu and Kochu Pampa dams. Being located at the extreme end of Alappuzha and nearer to the border of Kottayam, could also make it less visible than other flood-hit areas.
The man in the video shows the ground floor of his house completely flooded and water beginning to flow up the stairs to the upper floor, as he wades neck-deep. He says no help has reached him so far.
In a video shared by another, children are seen on a second-floor balcony, watching the area around their house flooded.
A third distress message on Twitter says 30 people are stuck at a house in Umayattukara, Chengannur.
Houses have also submerged in the Kuttanad area, with the sudden flash floods.
Various messages of boats trying to reach the stranded ones have also been seen. Calls to control room reportedly suggest rescue operations are going on in the area.
District collector S Suhas had asked people living closer to river bodies to move to safer places. He also said that help has been sought from the Indian Navy, National Disaster Response Force (NRDF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to reach the stranded people.
Control rooms, working 24 hours, have been opened at the district collectorate and the taluk level.
Collectorate - 0477-2238630
Ambalapuzha - 0477-2253771
Cherthala - 0478-2813103
Karthikappally - 0479-2412797
Kuttanad -0477- 2702221
Mavelikara - 0479-2302216
Chengannur - 0479-2452334