Published: Sat, August 11, 2018

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

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

The dam shutters were opened at 5 am, 6 am and 8 am.They were opened 1 metre each after the water level reached maximum storage capacity.

Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and other districts due to the incessant rains.

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.

According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas. According to reports, 22 more dams have been opened due to increasing water levels.

The Idukki reservoir can hold water up to 2403 feet.

Following the heavy rains, the Southern Naval Command (SNC) is on a high alert in Kerala to deal with any emergency situation.

Earlier last night, as water levels continued to rise in rivers and reservoirs, a third red alert was issued at the Idukki reservoir. A bridge on the Periyar river in the town was completely destroyed by the gushing waters from the reservoirs.

Three persons are missing - one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.

The decision came after four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened this morning to release excess water. The water level has touched 2,399.56 feet on Thursday evening. Public going near dams to view opening of shutters, is not advisable.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the Kerala Chief Minister yesterday in the wake of heavy rains and floods in the state, and offered all possible assistance to those affected. The Kerala government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

"Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods", it read.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state". The operations, however, resumed later.

The state government has sought assistance from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, NDRF and the Military Intelligence.

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