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Kerala flood: Death toll reaches 27; Army & Navy deployed for rescue operations

ET Online|Updated: Aug 10, 2018, 04.37 PM ISTHeavy rains continue to lash Kerala; death toll risesHighlightsCM Pinarayi Vijayan had described the situation in the state as ‘very grimShutters of 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water Operations at the Cochin International Airport normal Although Kerala today got some relief due to lesser rains, the death toll rose to 27 due a series of landslides in the hilly Idukki district and northern parts of Kerala. With the water level at the Idukki dam fast rising, two more shutters of the dam were also opened, said a Kerala Minister. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had yesterday described the situation in the state as ‘very grim’. With an increase in water levels in various dams, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water. Considering the rain situation, all educational institutions including professional colleges in Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva and Paravur taluks of Ernakulam district have been given a holiday today. More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days, the government said. #WATCH: Road gets washed out in Malappuram after flash flood hit the region. #Kerala https://t.co/2CqWjkn0no— ANI (@ANI) 1533814035000 Here are the latest updates from the state * All 5 shutters of Cheruthoni dam have been opened after 40 years.All 5 shutters of Cheruthoni dam have been opened in the wake of heavy rainfall. Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur dis… https://t.co/INmDplPHgU— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) 1533896507000 * Five columns of Army deployed in northern districts, Navy also deployed for rescue operations*Rescue operation to evacuate almost 50 stranded tourists in Idukki district of Kerala are on. So far, two American and four of a Russian family have been brought out. The tourists have been stranded there for two days now after the road leading to their resort in Munnar was damaged by a landslide. *The Cochin International Airport, which on Thursday had stopped incoming flights for two hours, on Friday said the operations were normal and there was nothing to be worried about.*The Army is taking part in rescue-relief and damage control exercises in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. The minister said the shutters were only opened for a few hours to release the pressure and there was no reason for panic. *As heavy rains continued to lash various parts of Kerala, two more shutters of the Cheruthoni Dam, part of the Idukki Reservoir, were opened today as the water level touched 2,401 feet.* With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water.* According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas.* Over 5,500 people from Wayanad district, where a red alert had been sounded yesterday, have been shifted to relief camps, the sources said this morning.* In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after 4 shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday.* Idukki dam gates in Kerala were opened after 26 years today at 12:30 pm following rising water levels due to heavy rains in the district. With the water rising quickly, a high-level meeting with the CM Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to open the shutters on a trial run basis * Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore to rain-ravaged Kerala as a mark of support to the neighbouring state.* Responding to the state government’s request, the army and air force joined rescue operations in Idukki and Wayanad.* Idukki, parts of northern Kerala and Palakkad district bore brunt of the floods, and landslides were reported from Wayanad, Malappuram and Idukki districts.* Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have also left Chennai for Kerala.* Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken with Mr Vijayan and offered assistance to those affected. Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region. From Around The Web More from The Economic Times,

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