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

Many other people are injured or missing as rescue operations are underway by National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and military team.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the prevailing flood situation in the state".

As heavy rains continue to lash various parts of Kerala, worsening the flood situation in the state, the death toll has touched 29, following heavy floods and landslides.

Five columns of Army have been deployed in the state's northern districts since last night, and small bridges have been constructed to evacuate people stranded at various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad.

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state
Church in India's Kerala state aiding people affected by rains, floods, landslides

Three additional diving teams have also been dispatched to Aluva in coordination with the deputy collector for utilisation by the district collector in affected areas to augment the rescue, the release said.

Heavy and tourist vehicles have been banned in Idukki.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cancelled all his programmes and will be stationed here in the context of the grave situation and also forecast heavy rains over the next few days as well.

At 12:30 pm, the authority also opened the Cherutheni shutter of the Idukki dam as water levels (2399.56 feet) reached dangerously close to the full capacity mark (2,403 feet) for a trial run. As many as 718 people have lost their lives in incidents related to floods and rains in seven states during the monsoon season so far.


Amid fears of the water from the Idukki dam spilling over, two more shutters were opened on the morning of August 10, increasing the flow of the Periyar River by 125,000 litres per second.

Water from the dam would be let into Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers. As the water level continued to rise in the reservoir, two more shutterd were opened later. He appealed to people to be vigilant. The relief and rescue ops are going on.

Ernakulam District administration officials said over 2,300 people living on the banks of Periyar river have been shifted to 38 camps opened in view of rising water level following release of water from Cheruthoni and Idamalayar dams.

The monsoon has so far claimed over 175 lives, besides causing destruction to crops and dwellings, officials said.


Father Jose Plachikkal, spokesman for the worst-affected Idukki Diocese, said Church people have joined local authorities in accommodating people displaced by floods, landslides and the opening of the dams. The road to Kakkayam dam site in Kozhikode was cut off after the connecting road was washed away in the floods, reports the Hindu. I have assured all possible assistance from the Centre to the state government.

In Palakkad district, the flood waters have started receding today as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam has been reduced and Palakkad town is limping back to normal. However, many areas were still inundated.


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