Heavy rains continue to pound Kerala; red alert issued in Idukki

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

In the advisory, the USA said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state.

As of Friday, 26 people had lost their lives in multiple rain-related accidents across the state. Earlier, only one of the shutters of the dam was opened by 50 cm through which 50,000 litres of water per second was released from Thursday afternoon 12.30pm.

Scores of passengers were left stranded as the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) was forced to partially shut down operations due to flooding on Thursday.

It further warned people against crossing the rivers after water is released from dams and to avoid crowding small bridges and river banks. For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni Dam was opened yesterday and two more were opened at 7 am.

"The water level in Edamalayar dam is under control".

As per State Emergency Operations Centre, 22 people have been killed in floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in several districts.


Officials said 60 relief camps have been opened in Ernakulam district after the dam water reached Aluva and surrounding areas.

The airport would probably be water-logged if the water from Idamalayar and Idukki dams reach Ernakulam, say sources.

Till now, at least 11 people have been reported dead in Idukki, six in Malappuram, two in Kozhikode, one in Wayanad and one in Thiruvananthapuram.

Hours after being cut off from the rest of the state following landslides along three arterial ghat roads, rescue efforts have begun in full swing in the hilly district of Wayanad. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the local people and police. Considering the tide levels, the KSEB dam safety department advance the opening of the shutters to 5 a.m. According to reports, water has been released from Cheruthoni dam, one of the largest arch dams in the continent, of the Idukki reservoir, stoking fears of the flood from Periyar as the water level will rise.

The administration has been put on high-alert.

Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode while two more teams are on the way.

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