Non-Stop Rain In Kerala, All 5 Gates Of Idukki Reservoir Opened

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha

"Several rescue and emergency teams have been sent to the affected districts", Kerala relief commissioner P.H Kurian told AFP.

Incessant rains have already swelled the level of water to nearly full capacity at two dams, prompting authorities to discharge huge volumes of water at one of them. The rescue worker who saved the child is now being hailed by the social media users.

At least 58 people were killed by flooding and house collapses in northern Uttar Pradesh state two weeks ago. "MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] is closely monitoring the flood situation".

The water level at the Idukki dam was now at 2,401 feet after it came down on Friday night as the intensity of the rains decreased.

Cheruthoni is the nearest town to the Idamalayar dam and with water gushing down the spillway for the first time in 26 years, there was heavy flooding in the area. Opening of all five gates of one of the dams of the Idukki water reservoir have only added misery to the already-dire situation. On Friday, the Navy has set up two teams in Wayanad aiding the state in the rescue operations at Aluva and a stand-by team in Kalamassery. Singh also spoke with Vijayan and will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday.

At least 29 deaths have been reported and almost 54,000 people have been rendered homeless as incessant rain continues to lash almost half of Kerala. "Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods", PTI quoted the United States advisory as saying.

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A red alert has been sounded ahead of the impending release of water from the Idukki Reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia. "Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods,"it said". The Indian Navy's southern command has also been put on alert after water level in Periyar river rose amid concerns that parts of Wellingdon Island in Kochi could be completely inundated.

Following which the District Collector has imposed a ban on heavy goods vehicles in Idukki till situation get better in the state.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a review meeting with top officials and lauded the defence forces for their help.

According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas.

It has also been reported that the intensity of the flow of water into the dam has also reduced on Saturday morning. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity", the PM said in a tweet.

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