Kerala: Death toll rises to 26, CM calls emergency meeting

11 Agosto, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Kerala: Death toll rises to 26, CM calls emergency meeting

As per the statement, the death includes 11 from Idukki, five from Malapuram, three from Wayanad, two from Kannur and one from Kozidkode.

"Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods", it read. Idukki has requested for help and will be receiving one column of Army.

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. The CIAL had stopped the arrival operations from 1.10 pm as a precautionary measure. Earlier, it was proposed to release water from Idamalayar dam at 8 a.m today.

The Kerala State Electricity Board opened all four shutters of the Idamalayar dam in Eranakulam district on Thursday morning as the water filled the reservoir. 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. However, the shutter was kept open as the water level refuses to come down.

Search and rescue operations are underway in low-lying areas of Ernakulum and Idukki districts after heavy rain and landslips killed at least 26 people in Kerala.

In the wake of heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Idukki dam, a high-level meeting is being convened to look at the option of releasing more volume of water from Idukki dam.

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The northern districts of Palakkad and Malappuram and the hilly districts of Wayanad and Idukki were reeling under floods. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the local people and police.

All of the dam's gates being opened will heighten concerns of extreme flooding along the banks of the rapidly swelling Periyar.

The Cheruthoni town has been submerged in water after two more shutters of the Idukki dam were opened in the morning leading to a discharge of 300,000 litres of water per second.

Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode.

"Three NDRF teams have arrived, two teams to arrive soon and six additional NDRF teams have been called in", said Vijayan, adding that the Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been cancelled.

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