Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kerala: Death toll rises to 26, CM calls emergency meeting

Kerala: Death toll rises to 26, CM calls emergency meeting

The last time the dam shutters were opened in the year 1992. He warned people from venturing into the Periyar river and its tributaries, The Times of India reported.

"If the rain continues, the other shutters will also be opened". Kerala State Disaster Management Authority officials said there was no need for people living on the bank of river Periyar to panic.

The India Meteorological Centre's regional office in Thiruvananthapuram has predicted heavy downpour for two more days in the area.

Due to a steady rise in the water level in the Idukki reservoir, one of the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, one of the largest arch dams in Asia, was opened as part of a trial run.

"The situation is grim, especially in the coastal parts of Kerala, given the continuous rains", P.H. Kurian, State Relief Commissioner and Convenor of KSDMA told Reuters.

Around 600 cusecs of water were discharged from the Idamalayar dam this morning, with the water level rising to 169.95 metres against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 169m.

The government has issued directives to the police and fire force personnel to coordinate rescue operations.

"The shutters of the Idamalyar dam was opened".

Arrival operations at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) resumed almost two hours after it was suspended in view of possible inundation in the airport area following a rising water level in the Periyar river.

So far 26 people have been killed, including 11 in high range Idukki in landslips on Thursday as rain continued to pound the southern state.

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.

Earlier State Power Minister M.M. Mani, who hails from Idukki, said: "Things are pretty bad and I have visited the affected areas on Thursday morning".

Over 5,500 people from Wayanad district, where a red alert had been sounded yesterday, have been shifted to relief camps, the sources said this morning.

The flood water also triggered landslides at some places. "As the situation is improved we are resuming all operations from 3.05 pm today", a CIAL spokesperson said on Thursday. The district administration has sought the support of the National Disaster Response Force following multiple incidents of landslips in the rural areas of Kozhikode.

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