27 dead in Kerala rains, 2 more Idukki shutters opened

27 dead in Kerala rains, 2 more Idukki shutters opened

Meanwhile, as of Friday afternoon, the Indian Navy had rescued around 50 people stranded at the Panamaram, Wayanad.

Access to many of these places are hard and is affecting the rescue operations.

Three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts while two more are expected shortly.The state government has sought six more NDRF teams, Vijayan told reporters after a review meeting in Thiruvananthapuram. A red alert has been issued in eight districts. Buildings and infrastructure have collapsed, leaving over 54,000 people homeless.

Northern and central Kerala have been battered by heavy rains resulting from the southwest monsoon since August 8.

During the monsoon season, which runs from June to September, rains kill hundreds of people every year in India. Over 15,600 have been evacuated from affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up.

The flood water also triggered landslides at some places.

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With several rivers in spate following the incessant rains, as many as 24 dams in different parts of the state have been opened in an "unprecedented" development.

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.

As flooding and landslides continue to cause havoc in southern India state of Kerala, Catholic Church officials are working overtime to rehabilitate the affected people, mostly village farmers who have been displaced or have lost their homes and crops.

With the possibility of release of more water from the Idukki reservoir, the state government has issued a fourth red alert.

At least 26 people have been killed so far in Kerala, including 11 in high-range Idukki in landslides. Vijayan has already instructed officials to alert the people living in downstream areas and to relocate those living in vulnerable areas.

The footage was captured by a leading news channel when the Kerala authorities opened the Idukki dam and as soon as the reservoir water was released into the Cheruthoni river, the Bridge fell apart. It is the first time in the history that all the five shutters of Idukki dam have been raised. People have to be vigilant, he said. He will visit the flood-hit areas on Saturday. Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state.

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