Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Kerala floods: Idukki on high alert, Modi, Rajnath call up CM

US Asks Its Citizens Not To Visit Kerala Due To Flash Floods Landslides Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state
Glenn Montgomery | 11 August, 2018, 19:32

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that around 53,500 people are in relief camps in various districts.

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.

With water levels rising in various dams and reaching nearly maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water. The inmates of these houses were shifted to relief camps. Bridges and roads were drowned by the floods and pumping stations for drinking water were shut down.

Father Abhilash Chirambikkunnel, an official of Thamaraserry Diocese, said officials were providing schools and other church institutions to accommodate people in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. Five members of a family lost their lives in Idukki's Adimali town. Three other people are missing.

Meanwhile, multiple incidents of landslips have been reported in the rural areas of Kozhikode district.

With no reduction in the inflow and the catchment area receiving heavy rainfall for the past 24 hours, the KSEB authorities and the district administration have planned to increase the amount of water being discharged from the reservoir to 600-700 cumecs (6,00,000 -7,00,000 litres per second), step by step.

Kochi: Fifty-five people have so far been evacuated from flood hit areas in Kerala by the navy in its "Operation Madad" to assist the state government, following heavy rains and release of excess water from many dams.

This is in addition to the two diving teams on standby at Aluva for relief operations since Thursday in anticipation of flooding expected in Ernakulam and Aluva, it said.

Over a million foreign tourists visited Kerala past year, according to official data.

This morning chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the flood situation and relief works being undertaken by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the NDRF. As per the reports, CM said that he has also spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM H. D. Kumaraswamy and has brief them about the "grim" flood situation in the state. He also requested the staff of Kerala Raj Bhavan, government employees and the general public to donate generously to the Relief Fund. "We stand with our neighbours at this hour of need", read a statement by the Karnataka CM's office.

Vijayan has cancelled all his programmes till August 12 and will remain in Thiruvananthapuram to oversee the coordination of relief efforts.

Last year, the state had received 1855.9 mm of rainfall between June 1 and September 30. Two teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala.

The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.

The IMD has further warned of thunderstorms in the Idukki, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta districts.

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