Kerala Rains: 22 Killed in Landslide Due to Flood, Train Services Disrupted

Kerala: 20 dead in landslides after heavy rains lash state, Cochin airport suspends arrivals

The Kerala State Electricity Board opened all four shutters of the Idamalayar dam in Eranakulam district on Thursday morning as the water filled the reservoir.

Ernakulam district administration officials said relief camps have been opened in Choornikkara and Kombanad villages as it is anticipated that the release of water may cause inundation in these areas.

One more shutter of the Idukki dam has been opened. The shutters were opened after 26 years.

Opening of the shutters of the dam cause the rise of the present water level in River Periyar by 1-1.5 metres. The volume may be further doubled to 600 Cumecs or 6 lakh litres per seocond after reducing the release of water from Idamalayar dam. But by 4.30 pm, the water level had gone way past 2,399 ft and the KSEB was forced to keep the trial run on through the night. Meanwhile, heavys rains in this end of Ernakulam at Aluva has created concern.

At noon, the water level at the Idukki reservoir was 2,401.5 feet, just short of its maximum capacity. As the speed increased, officials started cutting down trees along the banks of river Periyar.

All the five gates of the Idukki (Cherurhoni) Dam in Kerala have been opened, underlining just how serious the conditions are in the coastal state that has witnessed incessant heavy rain and flooding.

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Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.

Torrential downpour in the vulnerable northern and central districts of Kerala has hardly relented, with the catchment areas of the fast-filling Idukki reservoir recording 12.9 cm of rain by this morning. It has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites in the state.

Landslips occurred at many places in Wayanad and Malappuram too.

The state of Kerala had seen good Monsoon rains with a few heavy spells on some occasions as well, unlike a year ago when it remained rain deficient.

Flooding has been reported in several low-lying areas in the state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. "As the situation is improved we are resuming all operations from 3.05 pm today", a CIAL spokesperson said.

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

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