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

11 August 2018

Authorities also opened the shutters of the Cheruthoni reservoir on Thursday afternoon as water level at the Idukki dam touched 2,398.80 feet in the morning, reported ANI.

In addition to a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Chennai, Army personnel and men from Defence Security Corps from Kannur have landed in the district for relief and rescue operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the Kerala Chief Minister yesterday in the wake of heavy rains and floods in the state, and offered all possible assistance to those affected.

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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. It has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites in the state. Five members of a family in Malappuram and five from Idukky died due to landslides.

The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) made a decision to resume the arrival operations almost two hours after a possible inundation in the airport area was detected, the spokesperson said.

Heavy rain damaged a section of railway tracks between Kanjikode and Walayar. A fix work is underway and is expected to be complete by Thursday. To control the damage of waters to the downstream areas right up to the Periyar in Aluva in Ernakulam district, the dam safety officials chose to control the waters at Idamalayar dam which was opened on Thursday morning. The situation is being closely monitored.

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The opening of the dam shutters had resulted in an increase in the water level in the Periyar river.

Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode while two more teams are on the way. Two more teams have been moved.

At present, Kerala has been observing a rainfall surplus of 15 percent. Four naval teams and a Sea King helicopter were sent to Wayanad to evacuate stranded people. "Educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed tomorrow", District Collector said. "Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state".

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