Death toll touches 29, red alert in 8 districts

11 August, 2018, 21:42 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Kerala rains,Kerala landslide,heavy rains in Kerala

Areas in Kuttanad Taluk are likely to be affected, sources said. Following which the District Collector has imposed a ban on heavy goods vehicles in Idukki till situation get better in the state.

The opening of the Cheruthoni dam saw people running helter-skelter to save their lives, trying to find a safe place to stay till the rains ceased and the water levels went down.

The army has been roped in for rescue efforts in Kerala after two days of heavy rain drove authorities to open the shutters of 27 reservoirs to drain out the excess water.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here, the South west monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala with Nilambur in Malappuram district receiving "exceptionally heavy rainfall" of 40 cmand Mananthavadyin Waynad 31 cm in the last 24 hours ending 8 am today. The relief and rescue ops are going on.

Due to the increase in water level at Idukki dam, Vijayan said "it is essential to release water three times [more] than what was being released now".

The United States consulate in Chennai issued a travel alert and advised the USA citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flash flood.

India's home minister Rajnath Singh, who is in touch with Vijayan plans to visit the flood affected areas of the state on August 12.

Around 70 people are stranded in a resort in Munnar after the roads to the resort were blocked due to a landslide. "MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] is closely monitoring the flood situation".

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"The situation is under control", he said.

"Water levels in rivers are on the rise.Thus, there is a need to open the shutters of many dams", the chief minister said.

The Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery resumed flight operations after it was halted as a precautionary measure after the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were opened.

Periyar river in Aluva is already in spate following release of water from Idamalayar dam, and people living in low-lying areas have been asked to be vigilant.

He said two Mi-17 V5 were pressed into service for distribution of relief material and winching operations.

Though the ministers were scheduled to stop at Idukki, bad weather conditions at the landing area in Kattapana forced them to travel to Wayanad, the CM said in a Facebook post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Vijayan yesterday, and offered all possible assistance to those affected. In Palakkad district, the flood waters started receding on Friday as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam was reduced. However, many areas are still inundated and people were seen trying to save their belongings.

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