Monsoon rain in Kerala has proved to be deadly for at least 20 people, most of whom perished in landslides and floods.
The Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery resumed flight operations after it was halted as a precautionary measure after the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were opened. The minister said the shutters were only opened for a few hours to release the pressure and there was no reason for panic. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has issued a red alert in Wayanad district till August 14, according to Mathrubhumi.
An alert has been issued to people living in the downstream areas and on the banks of Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers. "Officials have been instructed to provide food, water, clothes and toilet facilities for the people staying in relief camps", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
The monsoon, which lasts roughly from June to September, has claimed more than 70 lives across the state this year and damaged crops worth millions of dollars.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been sent to Kozhikode as the heavy rainfall caused a flood-like situation in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.
In view of this, water level in the Periyar river and its tributaries will rise. Previous year around 1,200 people perished.
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State officials said 53,501 people were now housed in 439 relief camps across the state, PTI reported.
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. As the water level in the dam has touched 2401 feet, more water has to be released to avoid overflowing.
People stand on the steps of Aluva Shiva Temple complex submerged in water after the opening of Idamalayar dam shutter following heavy rains, on the outskirts of Kochi, India, August 9, 2018.
Father Abhilash Chirambikkunnel, an official of Thamaraserry Diocese, said officials were providing schools and other church institutions to accommodate people in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.
The government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have offered assistance, with the Chief Ministers of these States donating Rs. 5 crore and Rs. 10 crore respectively for flood relief work.
Though the rains tapered off in the midlands, the looming threat of flash floods kept citizens on edge through the day.