Kerala floods: Eight columns of Army deployed for rescue operations

Posted August 11, 2018

U.S. embassy has issued warning for its citizens against travelling to Kerala in view of the floods and landslides. "Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods", said the advisory, as reported by The Hindu.

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.

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

In addition to this, the shutters of 22 reservoirs in Kerala has been opened up due tothe increasiong water levels in the state due to rain.

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.

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Days of incessant rain have led to raging floods across Kerala.

The Idukki district administration has restricted tourists from visiting hilly areas and movement of heavy goods carriers also has been restricted.

Kerala Chief Minister on Thursday called for a high-level meeting to discuss the flood situation in the state.

The situation is likely to worsen over the coming two days, according to K. Santhosh, Kerala director of the Indian Meteorological Department. For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni dam was opened yesterday and two more were opened at 7 am. The KSDMA has issued an alert in the nearby areas and has asked people not to panic. Rescue and search operations continued in the state on Saturday, with the red alert being issued in 9 districts of the southern state.

People living downstream of Periyar and Cheruthoni rivers have been warned that there is a possibility of inundation of banks as torrential rain pounded the state for the second day in a row.

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The water level in Idukki at 5 pm stood at 2401.72 feet against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 2,403 feet.

Teams of army and NDRF have been deployed in Ayannkulu, Idukki, Wayanad, Kozikode, Mallapuram and Palakkad.

He also said that complete attention should now focus on rehabilitating people living in the low lying areas of Ernakulam district should it become necessary due to the water released from the Idukki dam. Officials said that over 54,000 people are now housed in around 500 relief camps across the state.

"If the rain continues, the other shutters will also be opened".

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