Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Non-Stop Rain In Kerala, All 5 Gates Of Idukki Reservoir Opened

Non-Stop Rain In Kerala, All 5 Gates Of Idukki Reservoir Opened

The state meteorological department forecast rains to continue on Friday and return on Monday.

News agency PTI quoted unnamed state officials as saying that a total of 53,501 people were housed in 439 relief camps across the state. The Army station located at Pangode near here had already deployed one column to Idukki under a Captain rank officer.

The floodgates were opened to increase the water flow into the Periyar river to 125 cuses (1, 25,000 liters/second).

More than 50 tourists, including 24 from overseas, are stranded in a resort in Munnar after the road leading to it was damaged in a landslide.

Also, the death toll reached to 29 in the flood-hit state on Friday, as three more people died.

The State Disaster Management Authority has also issued a red alert for eight districts following a heavy rainfall warning by the weather office.

Tourists were stopped from entering the Idukki district after roads caved in at many places.

For the first time in 40 years, all 5 gates of Idduki Dam in Kerala have been opened, which clearly depicts the situation emerged in the state following heavy rains.

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Periyar river in Aluva too is in spate following the release of water from the Idamalayar dam. He appealed to people to be vigilant. The all-India trade test organised by the National Council for Vocational Training has been postponed. Two teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state". The relief and rescue ops are going on.

Singh will go to Kerala on Sunday.

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 water level in the dam stood at 168.96 metres on Saturday at 6 a.m.

As heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the southern state, all five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, were opened Friday releasing 7 lakh litres of water per second. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were also lifted.

People living downstream of Periyar river in Kochi, and Cheruthoni river in Idukki have been warned of a possibility of inundation of banks. The administration has been put on high-alert. Over 15,600 have been evacuated from affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up. Now the United States of America government has advised its citizens not to visit Kerala keeping in mind the unsafe situation. The US has issued an advisory to all its citizens not to travel to Kerala due to the flood situation.

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