Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Heavy showers lash Kerala - at least 20 dead

Heavy showers lash Kerala - at least 20 dead

Earlier, Vijayan, while talking to media, said rains have caused extensive damage to life and property across the state.

"As we speak, the trial run of opening one shutter of the Idukki dam might have taken place", Vijayan said.

The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) chose to resume the arrival operations almost two hours after a possible inundation in the airport area was detected, the spokesperson said. The volume may be further doubled to 600 Cumecs or 6 lakh litres per seocond after reducing the release of water from Idamalayar dam.

On Thursday, 24 dams across Kerala were opened as the reservoir levels were nearing full capacity.

In an unprecedented development, shutters of 24 dams in different parts of the state have been opened.

All five shutters of Cheruthoni Dam have been also been opened with people in Cheruthoni town being evacuated. Reports said that the water flow to the reservoir was continuing following the continuing heavy rains in the catchment areas of the dam.

Heavy rains and the rise in water levels in Periyar river due to Idamalayar dam opening its shutters led to spillage of water at CIAL premises.

According to the disaster control room sources, 10 people were killed in landslides in Idukki, five in Malappuram, two in Kannur and one in Wayanad district. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the local people and police. In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after 4 shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday.

The maximum storage level of the reservoir, which is one of the largest arch dams in Asia, is 2,403 feet.

The administration has been put on high-alert. Due to heavy rainfall and resultant floods, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has moved to Kozhikode for rescue operations. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode while two more teams are on the way.

Ernakulam District Collector Mohammed Y Safirulla announced that all schools at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed on Friday, ANI reported.

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