Kerala: 20 dead in flooding, landslide due to heavy rains

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9: At least 20 people have lost their lives in landslides and rain-related incidents over the last 24 hours in Kerala.

Heavy rainfall triggered landslides and floods have been reported from different areas of the state.

Idukki district remained the worst affected with 10 deaths, of which five in Malappuram district, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode, said a home ministry spokesperson.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force, comprising 45 personnel each, have left Chennai for Kerala to assist the rescue and relief operations.

An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government is also visiting flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state.

Following rising water levels due to heavy rains, Idukki dam opened after 26 years.

“Things are pretty bad and I have visited the affected areas and on Thursday morning, the shutters of the Idamalyar dam was opened. We will open one shutter of the Idukki dam also…” news agency IANS quoted State Power Minister M.M. Mani, who hails from Idukki as saying.

The Idukki dam’s shutter was last opened in 1992.

Educational institutions including professional colleges in the Wayanad, Kollam, Palakkad, Kozhikode districts and Aluva will remain shut on Thursday following the heavy rains. Many districts are inundated with water entering houses and marooning colonies.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan postponed Saturday’s annual Nehru boat race in Alappuzha following forecast for more rains.

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