Kerala floods: Death toll reaches 27, Idukki dam water level rises

Leroy Wright
August 11, 2018

Now, we do not expect rain surplus to alter much. State officials said a total of 53,501 people are now housed in 439 relief camps across the state.

Multiple columns of Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and ten teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed across Kerala for relief and rescue operations.

One column of Army from Pangode Military Station under the leadership of a Captain carried out the relief operations in Adimali area in Idukki district. Fifty-seven tourists including 24 foreigners were stranded in the hill station of Munnar.

The flood water also triggered landslides at some places. Tourists have been barred from entering the district as roads caved in at many places, reported PTI. Help from forces has also been sought for Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts.

In addition to this, the shutters of 22 reservoirs in Kerala has been opened up due tothe increasiong water levels in the state due to rain. However, with the opening of the shutters, the water level has risen beyond control, and will soon submerge the Cheruthoni town as well.

Vijayan has cancelled all his public functions till August 12 and will monitor the situation from the state capital.

Meanwhile, schools in affected districts remained shut on Friday. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the flood situation as "very grim". I have assured all possible assistance from the Centre to the state government.

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Thus, in a nutshell, on and off Monsoon surge will continue to affect the state of Kerala due to which the weather will not go dry. "MHA is closely monitoring the flood situation", Singh tweeted.

The authorities opened the gates of the Idamalayar dam on the morning of August 9 as the water breached its maximum height of 169 meters. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore towards relief operations.

The floodgates were opened to increase the water flow into the Periyar river to 125 cuses (1, 25,000 liters/second). The KSDMA has issued an alert in the nearby areas and has asked people not to panic.

Top elected state official Pinarayi Vijayan says the flood situation has become "very grim" with the opening of sluice gates of almost two dozen overflowing water reservoirs. "We are on a high alert", District Collector Mohamed Safirulla told the Hindustan Times. "At least 4,000 people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated to relief camps".

Government agencies and voluntary groups are rushing to the affected areas. The majority of the deaths happened in the first 36 hours when the downpour caused flash floods and landslides.

However, in 1992, all the three shutters was opened in the month of October.

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