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

Several tourists were barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places.

"Despite that opening, there has been a steady inflow and now the water level in the dam stands at 2,401 metres".

In view of the devastation, the USA embassy Thursday advised its citizens to avoid the areas affected and constantly monitor local media for weather updates.

Talking to reporters here after a review meeting, the chief minister said the flood situation was "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams have been opened at a time following the water level reaching their respective maximum.

"People living in the downstream areas of these dams must be cautious".

The Army pushed its men and machinery into disaster relief and rescue operations at Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idukki after incessant rain and landslides hit various northern districts of the state. Today, two more gates of one of the dams of the reservoir were opened to control the swelling water which is nearing the full capacity.

Earlier in the day, three shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were raised by 100 cm with 425 cumecs water gushing out every second. He appealed to people to be vigilant.

Kerala is facing severe flooding due to torrential rainfall under Southwest Monsoon.

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. Army has deployed over 200 personnel at Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad and about 150 are headed for Kozikode and Mallapuram.

"The haphazard development along the streams has affected the natural flow of rivers, which is a challenge right now", he said.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy discussed the situation in Kerala with Vijayan and has allocated Rs 10 crore for disaster management, Manorama Online reported.The Edappadi K Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government also agreed to release 75,000 cusecs of water from Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district, to tackle flash floods caused by excessive backwaters in Kerala. "Now that they are witness to the current situation - widespread destruction of crops and property, we are hopeful that they will be able to speed up their reports", said Chandrasekheran.

The flood water also triggered landslides at some places. All arrival flights have been cancelled at the Cochin International Airport fearing flood on the runway. The operational area is intact. The relief and rescue ops are going on. "No cancellations of services so far". Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he has offered Vijayan all possible assistance.

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