Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

11 August, 2018, 21:39 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

The number of people killed in rain-induced incidents has also increased to 26.

Eight columns of Army, four Navy teams and three Coast Guard teams are carrying out relief operations in different parts of the state, The Hindu reported. Similarly, Kollam, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad districts received more than seven times their normal rain.

Talking to reporters here after a review meeting, the chief minister said the flood situation was "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams have been opened at a time following the water level reaching their respective maximum. "We will open a shutter of the Idukki dam also", Mani said. He asked people to call toll-free numbers 7902200300, 7902200400 and 04842423513 for updates.

Reports say that all five gates of Idukki were opened on Friday as the heavy downpour continued unabated.

"The flood has caused large-scale damage across the state".

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Devi also said the rainfall in the state is predicted to remain the same over the next 24 hours, then abate and then regain strength after a few days. The India Meteorological Department has forecast more rain. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has issued a red alert in Wayanad district till August 14, according to Mathrubhumi.

Rescue operations being carried out following a landslide, triggered by heavy rains at Adimali, in Idukki, Kerala on Thursday.

At present, Kerala has been observing a rainfall surplus of 15 percent.

Almost 400 flood-affected people, including 85 children from Keerithod in Kanjikuzhy panchayat near Cheruthoni have been in a camp for the past two days as a precautionary measure after water was released from Idukki dam. This will raise the water level in Periyar river and its subsidiaries.

A high alert has been sounded in Idukki, where all the five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam on Idukki reservoir were opened to drain out excess water.

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Father Jose Plachikkal, spokesman for the worst-affected Idukki Diocese, said Church people have joined local authorities in accommodating people displaced by floods, landslides and the opening of the dams.

People living downstream of Periyar river in Kochi, and Cheruthoni river in Idukki have been warned of a possibility of inundation of banks. The departures continue as before.

Wayanad district has been completely cut off by landslides and the state government has sought the army's help to restore the road network to the hill district.

Many areas like Ganesh Nagar have been affected, especially low-lying areas in the district and the surrounding areas next to Kalpathy river.

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