Kerala: Incessant rains force authorities to open three shutters of Idukki Dam

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

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

When the shutters of the Cheruthony dam were opened to release the waters from Idukki dam, lots of coconut trees and other crops flowed along with the speeding waters down the Cheruthony bridge.

Ernakulam District Collector Mohammed Y Safirulla announced that all schools at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed on Friday, ANI reported.

Kerala's disaster was quietly in the making over the last couple of days as the relentless rain kept lashing the catchment areas, but things got out of control with water levels rapidly rising overnight in two of its major dams - Idukki and Idamalayar. The volume may be further doubled to 600 Cumecs or 6 lakh litres per seocond after reducing the release of water from Idamalayar dam.

The US on Thursday issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state. Authorities have opened three shutters after water in the reservoir rose to more than 2399 ft. He warned people from venturing into the Periyar river and its tributaries, The Times of India reported. The water level has touched 2,399.56 feet on Thursday evening. An Inter-ministerial Central team is also visiting the flood-affected area and the Army support is being mobilized from Bengaluru, the statement said.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, several are missing, with incessant rains for more than 48 hours in some areas inundating hectares of low-lying land, authorities said. Considering the tide levels, the KSEB dam safety department advance the opening of the shutters to 5 a.m.

The administration has been put on high-alert. The Kerala government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had described the flood situation in the state as "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams had been opened at a time following the water level reaching maximum capacity.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "Help has been sought from Army, Navy, NDRF". The operations, however, resumed later.

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