Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Heavy Rain Kills 22 In Kerala, Red Alert For Idukki Reservoir

Heavy Rain Kills 22 In Kerala, Red Alert For Idukki Reservoir

A third red alert was issued for the Idukki reservoir, the gates of which were opened yesterday after 26 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he has offered Vijayan all possible assistance.

"The situation is grim, especially in the coastal parts of Kerala, given the continuous rains", P.H. Kurian, State Relief Commissioner and Convenor of KSDMA told Reuters. Rescue teams, including units of the Army, the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) dug through soil and rubble in an attempt to save the victims of landslips.

Vijayan said the state would submit a detailed memorandum to the Centre seeking financial assistance for taking up relief works.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority's (NDMA) situation report, since the beginning of the monsoon season 14 districts in the state have been affected by floods comprising over 2,000 villages.

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Singh will go to Kerala on Sunday.

The release of the Idamalayar dam resulted in the flooding of low laying districts as well. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore towards relief operations.

Informing reporters that there is a need to release more water from the Idukki dam in the wake of increase in the water level, he said, "It is essential to release water three times than what was being released now".

The residents of Cheruthoni, Thadyampad, Keerithodu and Karimban located in the downstream of Cheruthoni dam are still stranded as the Cheruthoni River is in full spate after all five shutters of the Idukki dam were opened on Friday at 1.40 pm. With this, 800 cumecs of water is flowing out of the dam per second.

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The mountainous region of Idukki district in Kerala was put on high alert for landslides. "At least 4,000 people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated to relief camps. We have closed all educational institutions in affected areas". He asked people to call toll-free numbers 7902200300, 7902200400 and 04842423513 for updates.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state".

In view of the devastation, the United States embassy Thursday advised its citizens to avoid the areas affected and constantly monitor local media for weather updates.

Looking at the heavy rain and the dams being opened Kochi airport has been shut down for arrivals amid fears that water will enter the airport area.

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Currently, Monsoon surge is active over the state of Kerala as a cyclonic circulation is seen over Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area in the mid-levels.

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