Kerala floods : Heavy rains, landslides claim 20 lives

11 August, 2018, 07:02 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Rains Lash Several Parts of Kerala Relief Work Affected

The water level at Idukki dam was 2,398 at 8 am, 50 feet against the FRL of 2,403 feet.

Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode.

Earlier State Power Minister M.M. Mani, who hails from Idukki, said: "Things are pretty bad and I have visited the affected areas on Thursday morning".

The government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

Five members of a family lost their lives in Idukki's Adimali town.

A road in Malappuram was washed out after flash floods hit the region.

Arrival operations at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) resumed almost two hours after it was suspended in view of possible inundation in the airport area following a rising water level in the Periyar river. All passenger trains on the Kanjikode-Walayar stretch in the Palakkad-Podanur section were disrupted because of the rain. Site inspection is now underway and the fix work is scheduled to be completed today.

Meanwhile, the inclement weather has forced the Kerala state electricity board to issue a third red alert in the connection.

The Idukki reservoir can hold water up to 2403 feet.

Heavy rains for the past two days and release of water from the Idamalayar dam yesterday, resulted into localised flooding in low-lying areas in the northern districts of Kerala. The situation is being closely monitored. The last time the dam shutters were opened in the year 1992.

Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.

"Three NDRF teams have arrived, two teams to arrive soon and six additional NDRF teams have been called in", said Vijayan, adding that the Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been cancelled.

The India Meteorological Centre's regional office in Thiruvananthapuram has predicted heavy downpour for two more days in the area.

At present, Kerala has been observing a rainfall surplus of 15 percent. "We have requested Indian Navy to send helicopters to rescue people stranded in Wayanad". "Educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed tomorrow", District Collector said.



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