Heavy Rains continue to batter kerala triggering fresh landslides and adding to the woes of the people with thousands lodged in relief camps and about 40 people dead.
The rains have been continuing for the last three days triggering landslides and flooding continue to be reported in several districts of the state including Idukki, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram.
The Met department have predicted heavy rains till August 18 across all districts in Kerala. Red alert has been issued in 7 districts in view of fresh landslides.
With the water level rising to 140 feet in Mullaperiyar dam, Tamil Nadu opened 11 shutters of the dam by one feet on Wednesday morning. The people living on the banks of river Periyar have been alerted. The Collector has asked people living on the banks of Mullaperiyar to remain alert and to shift to safe places. The district administration and State Disaster Management Authority have taken all necessary precautions.
The Shutters of Malampuzha dam, Chulliyar Dam in Palakkad, Banasura Sagar reservoir have been raised.
Flight operations have been suspended at Kerala’s Nedumbassery airport after heavy rains caused waterlogging in nearby areas. Operations of international and domestic flights have been suspended till 2pm.
Operations were suspended after shutters of several dams were lifted which led to the flooding of the area.
Munnar town in Idukki district was almost totally cut off. All the five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of Idukki reservoir, were again opened following heavy rains in the catchment areas.
Stating that the state was passing through one of its worst times, Kerala chief minister Pirarayi Vijayan has asked the people to cooperate with the government in bringing relief to the suffering. The state-sponsored Onam celebrations were also cancelled because of the disaster.
official Sources said that the state witnessed more than 215 landslides. 444 villages were declared flood-hit by the state government. At least 20,000 houses were fully destroyed in the deluge and about 30,000 persons had taken shelter in relief camps. The rains and landslides had destroyed about 10,000 km of roads in the state.