Death Toll From Kerala Rains Reaches 26, Karnataka Sends Aid Worth Rs 10 Crore, TN Sends Rs 5 Crore

| August 10 , 2018 , 09:28 IST

The death toll from the heavy rains and subsequent landslides in Kerala reached 26 on Friday, a day after 22 dams were opened across the state to manage the heavy rains. The worst affected areas included Malappuram, Palghat, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Idukki, where the floodgates of the Idukki dam were opened again on Friday.

While the Army has deployed 3 columns of 75 personnel each in Idukki, Ayannkulu and Wayanad, 2 more columns have been requisitioned for Kozhikode and Mallapuram. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also reached Kerala to assist the civil administration in the rescue operations.

The HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka in a statement said that it is sending Rs 10 crore worth relief materials to Kerala.

"Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy directed state Chief Secretary TM Vijaya Bhaskar to rush relief materials and a team of doctors to Kerala, reeling under heavy rains and flash floods," said the statement.

Similarly, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has also announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore to aid Kerala.

"The government of Tamil Nadu stands ready to render any other assistance as may be required by the government of Kerala," Palaniswami added.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet on Thursday said that he had spoken to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, and offered all possible assistance.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity," the PM said.

Meanwhile, the United States has issued an advisory to its citizens asking them not to visit Kerala due to the flash floods.

"Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods," it read.

On July 31, the water level in high arch dam Idukki, Kerala came closer to its total capacity level and the Kerala government had issued an orange alert in the 3 districts of  Idukki, Ernakulam and Kottayam.