Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Heavy showers lash Kerala - at least 20 dead

Heavy showers lash Kerala - at least 20 dead

The shutters of the Kuttiyadi dam in Kozhikode district has been opened considering the increase in water level. He warned people from venturing into the Periyar river and its tributaries, The Times of India reported. The volume may be further doubled to 600 Cumecs or 6 lakh litres per seocond after reducing the release of water from Idamalayar dam.

Asking people to stop panicking and spreading fake messages, the Kerala State Disaster Management (KSDM) authorities advised citizens against travelling to Vazhathopp, Mariyapuram, Kanjikkuzhi, Vathikudy and Konnathadi panchayaths of Idukki. State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that this is probably unprecedented, and described the situation as "very grave".

The maximum water level in the Idukki reservoir is 2,403 feet and has crossed 2,401 feet.

Chennai: As heavy rains continue to lash several parts of the states, 22 dams have been opened amid incessant rains in Kerala. Authorities have issued red alert in many parts of Kerala. The shutters will be closed after four hours. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cancelled all his official programmes for the next three days to focus on the flood rescue and relief operations.

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So far 26 people have been killed, including 11 in high range Idukki in landslips yesterday as rain continued to pound the southern state. The dam gates were opened after a gap of 22 years, as per the sources.

Cochin International Airport released a statement and said that they have reviewed the situation and operational area of the airport has not been affected.

Torrential downpour in the vulnerable northern and central districts of Kerala has hardly relented, with the catchment areas of the fast-filling Idukki reservoir recording 12.9 cm of rain by this morning.

Landslips occurred at many places in Wayanad and Malappuram too. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity", the PM said in a tweet. Due to heavy rainfall and resultant floods, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has moved to Kozhikode for rescue operations.

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