Heavy rains in Kerala has claimed the lives of 26 people including 11 by the landslides in Idukki regions and the situation is described as grim by the CM Pinarayi Vijayan who further warn of the increase level of water in Idukki Dam by 3 times.
CM says, ‘As the water levels in Idukki dam rise, we will have to open the shutters of the dam to release water. More than three times of water being released now may have to be released. In such a circumstance, the water levels of Periyar river will rise”.
Despite of death of 26 people, several others went missing due to multiple incidents of landslides and flood by the consistent monsoon rains thus leaving heavy destructions in the central and northern districts of Kerala.
The worst affected areas with the flood includes districts of Palakkad, Wayanad, Malappuram, Ernakulam, Idukki and Kozhikode. About 8000 people were shifted to the safer relief camps to prevent further damage.
Among the dead, 11 people including five of a family were buried alive when a huge mass of land dropped in their house on Thursday morning. In Wayanad, three people were killed in another landslides while also in Malappuram district, five members were killed of the same family.
Amid of the live threatening flood in different regions, government seek the help of army, navy and Air Force for the rescue work operations. The district administration has issued a red alert from Kannur to Wayanad district due to flood situations.
Several parts from Idukki and Edamalayar were already vacated on Thursday and drinking water were affected in parts of Kochi and suburban areas in Periyar river with power cut experienced due to safety reasons.
The Met Department has issued an advisory for heavy rainfall in the next three days in Kerala. The neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu had lend a help of Rs 5 crore to Kerala for the relief work.