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Heavy to heavy rains continue in Kerala

Rescue operations continue after flash floods and landslides
triggered by the South West monsoon claimed at least 24 lives in Kerala. As
many as 11 people were reported dead in
Idukki district
, six in Malappuram, two in Kozhikode and one in

In view of the increased release of water from Cheruthoni dam,
the fire and rescue department has recalled its 300-odd officers on training at
the Fire Service Academy at Viyyur, Thrissur for deployment along the flood-hit

They will be deployed in
Idukki and Ernakulam districts, senior fire force officials said. Already, the
force has deployed around 300 men armed with rescue equipment, including rubber
dinghies, at all low lying areas along the banks of Periyar in Ernakulam.

R. Prasad, Director,
Technical of State Fire Force Department, is undertaking a tour of the
flood-hit areas in Ernakulam district. In view of release of increased water
from Cheruthoni dam, Mr. Prasad will camp in Ernakulam and monitor the

According to Indian
Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin at 8 am, thunderstorms accompanied by
gusty winds are likely to affect Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts.

Meanwhile, search
and rescue operations and flood relief is in progress by Navy Seaking 42C Op
Madad in Wayanad and Ernakulam post heavy rains and flash floods.

PM Modi discussed the situation over phone and assured that Centre will offer
all possible assistance, said the statement issued on CMO's Facebook page. The
Karnataka government has issued ₹10 crore for disaster management and has
informed that the crest gates of the Banasur reservoir has been opened as
per Kerala's request.

"Discussed the
situation with Kerala Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and offered all
possible help from Karnataka, including medical aid, food, basic support needed
for sustenance. We stand with our neighbours at this hour of need," read a
statement by the Karnataka CM's office.

Earlier on
Thursday, Tamil Nadu government had announced an immediate
contribution of ₹5 crore
 towards relief operations. “As a token
of the support and solidarity of the government and people of Tamil Nadu with
the government and people of Kerala in their hour of need, I have ordered the
immediate contribution of a sum of ₹5 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public
Relief Fund to the Government of Kerala,” said Chief Minister Edappadi K.

 Ban on tourists, heavy vehicles in

Idukki district
collector issued orders banning entry of tourist vehicles and heavy vehicles
into the district citing the possibility of the heavy rains destroying the
roads in the high ranges. Around 30 tourists, including some foreign nationals,
are reported to be stranded at a resort at Pallivasal following heavy landslip
in the area. Rescue work has been hampered by damage to the Kochi-Dhanushkodi

Earlier, the United
States had issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because
of the flash floods. “Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides
and flash floods,” it read.


Two more shutters of Idukki dam

Two more shutters
of the Cheruthoni dam, forming part of the Idukki hydel reservoir system, have
been opened on Friday to ease pressure of water on the reservoir.

The second and
fourth shutters of the dam were opened at 7 a.m. after the water level in the
Idukki dam reached the 2401ft. mark. With this, the quantity of water being
released from the dam has now risen to 1,25,000 litres a second, and is likely
to be increased to 3 lakh litres a second.

 Rescue and relief operations in full

Four teams of the
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, have
left Chennai for Kerala to assist the rescue and relief operations.

Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the Central government is also visiting
flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from
Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern State.

Tamil Nadu
government announces an immediate contribution ₹5 crore from the Chief
Minister's Public Relief Fund to Kerala government, reports Dennis S.



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Posted on : Aug 10, 2018