Dead, 31,000 In Relief Camps; Kerala On High Alert For Heavy Rain


Kumaraswamy also called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the flood situation in the state. As the water level continued to rise in the reservoir, two more shutterd were opened later.

Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres) have been damaged and 31,000 people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority's (KSDMA) control room in the state capital. The south-west monsoon has been very heavy over Kerala in the past few days.

Following the opening of the Idamalayar dam, the waters flooded the Periyar river and reached the compound of the Cochin global airport, which was sbut for all arrivals in the afternoon.

Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday announced a relief fund worth Rs 10 crore to the flood-hit Kerala.

Meanwhile, state Revenue minister E Chandrasekharan reviewed the flood situation and the precautionary measures to be taken in Aluva near Kochi airport and nearby areas in view of the possibility of increase in the water level following release of more water from Idukki reservoir. "Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods", PTI quoted the U.S. advisory as saying.

The Navy has put on alert its Southern Naval Command in view of the rising water level in Periyar river in Kerala and a possible inundation of parts of Wellingdon Island, surrounded by the backwaters of Kochi. "Thus, there is a need to open the shutters of many dams", the chief minister said.

Latest visuals of Periyar river. The relief and rescue ops are going on.

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Small bridges have been constructed to evacuate stranded people in various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad areas, and rescue operations are now underway.

"The operational area is intact".

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which maintains the Idukki dam, issued the red alert saying the shutters of the reservoir would be opened at 6 am tomorrow and asked people living downstream to be "extremely vigilant".

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

Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh said he spoke to Vijayan and "assured all possible assistance from the Centre" to the Kerala government.

Rajesh also went on to add that the main area to be affected by the shortage of power supply is the Palakkad town area because unlike the outskirts, the town does not have many facilities for water to subside.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "24 dams have been opened so far, which is unprecedented and is telling of the seriousness of the situation".