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Heavy rains, landslides kill 25 in India

11 August, 2018, 21:40 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

Till now, at least 26 people have lost their lives in the state in rain-related incidents. "All residents living along 100 meters of the dam have been asked to relocate to safe places", a Kerala State Electricity Board official in Idukki, who did not wish to be named, said.

Ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force, along with teams from the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard have been deployed to districts such as Palakkad, Kozhikode, Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram.

On Thursday, Kochi Airport halted its arrival operations for few hours in view of possible inundation in the airport area, following a rise in water level of the Periyar river.

The Army rescued 30 tourists stranded in Munnar, reported the Hindustan Times.

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Tincy, a panchayat member said as prior warning about the release of water had been issued, any kind of human casualty was avoided. Following which the District Collector has imposed a ban on heavy goods vehicles in Idukki till situation get better in the state. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the flood situation as "very grim". "The service of doctors has been ensured in the camps".

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".

Meanwhile, schools in affected districts remained shut on Friday.

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Two NDRF teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. "We do not know what has happened to our homes", a woman said adding people coming from the area told them that water was flowing like "giant sea waves" in front of their homes. "The relief and rescue ops are going on", Singh tweeted. Government needs support of all for effective relief and rescue operations.

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. The first shutters were opened on Thursday after 26 years.

An alert has been issued to people living in the downstream areas and on the banks of Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers.

Kerala state authorities have taken the unprecedented step of opening the gates of 25 water reservoirs to prevent potentially disastrous breaches.

According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas. "We have closed all educational institutions in affected areas".

With rivers and streams flowing in spate, people, particularly youngsters, have been asked to exercise caution.

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.


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