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

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

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

Of those who lost their lives to rain-related incidents, 25 died in landslides and four in drowning. Idukki district received 167.2 mm rainfall on Thursday, which is more than eight times the normal.

Earlier, a defence spokesperson said the Navy had put SNC on alert in view of the rising water level in Periyar river in Kerala and possible inundation of parts of Wellingdon Island, surrounded by the backwaters of Kochi.

At least 60 tourists, that included 20 foreigners as well were rescued from the Plum Judy resort in Munnar where they had been stranded since Wednesday, state Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran said.

The government of Kerala, which has a population of 33 million people, has imposed a ban on the movement of lorries and tourist vehicles in Idukki.

A red alert has also been issued in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts till Saturday. "The service of doctors has been ensured in the camps".

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

The water level at the Idukki dam was now at 2,401 feet after it came down on Friday night as the intensity of the rains decreased.

A 24×7 monitoring cell has been set up at the Secretariat here to co-ordinate the relief works with various district collectors.

The Kerala government has requested the Centre for "immediate help", the Hindustan Times reported. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity", Modi tweeted.

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Singh will go to Kerala on Sunday.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state". Government needs support of all for effective relief and rescue operations.

The rain has led to a rise in water levels at dams in the affected districts.

The army has been roped in for rescue efforts in Kerala after two days of heavy rain drove authorities to open the shutters of 27 reservoirs to drain out the excess water.

One shutter was opened yesterday after a gap of 26 years.

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. At present, over 50,000 people are living in relief camps.

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.

The United States has asked its citizens not to visit Kerala. Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state.

Meanwhile, Kochi Airport in a statement said flight operations are continuing uninterrupted and there has been no cancellations. This will raise the water level in Periyar river and its subsidiaries.

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