20 Killed Due To Heavy Rains Across Kerala, 22 Dams Opened Due To Rising Water Levels

| August 9 , 2018 , 15:22 IST

At least 20 people have been killed in Kerala as heavy rains wrecked havoc across the state, causing landslides in several areas, media reported on Thursday. In total, 22 dams have been opened due to increasing water levels.

From the fatalities, 11 people were killed in the Idukki district, 6 in Malappuram, 2 in Kozhikode and 1 in Wayanad because of the heavy rain. As per officials, several people have been reported missing from the districts of Palakkad, Wayanad and Kozhikode. Relief camps have been set up in two villages in the Ernakulam district.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "We have sought help from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and NDRF. Three NDRF teams have arrived, 2 teams to arrive soon and 6 additional NDRF teams have been called in. Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been cancelled."

The Kochi airport has suspended all arrivals at both the international and domestic terminals due to risk of flooding of the runway after the gates of the Idukki reservoir were opened on Thursday. Departures of flights have so far been affected, the airport authorities said.

Apart from the Idukki reservoir, Idamalayar dam shutters in Ernakulam and Kakkayam dam shutters in Kozhikode have also been opened due to the heavy rains.

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The authorities are expecting that the water level in the Periyar river may rise further after water from the Cheruthoni dam reaches the area.

Schools and colleges have been ordered to remain closed in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Palakkad and parts of Idukki, Malappuram and Kollam districts due to the rains.

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.

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