At least 20 people were killed on Thursday in landslides triggered by heavy rains in southern India, an official said, pushing the nationwide monsoon death toll for this year to over 700. Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state.
At least 22 people have died in Kerala due to incessant rainfall and flooding in the past two days, the Home Ministry said today.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cancelled all official events and is monitoring the floods situation.
The water level had crossed the maximum storage capacity of reservoirs of 24 out of the state's 58 dams, forcing officials to release the water by opening the sluice gates, including three of the Idukki reservoir.
Thousands living around the Idukki dam and in Ernakulam and Thrissur heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday as the heavy rains predicted in Kerala did not happen and as a result the Idukki dam waters ravaging the area over the last few days subsided.
The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.
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Union minister Alphons Kannamthanam said he discussed the flood situation in Kerala with Home Minister Rajnath Singh this morning.
As heavy rains continued to lash various parts of Kerala, over 60 people were stranded in a resort in Munnar after the roads to the resort got blocked due to a landslide on Friday. "People living in downstream areas of these dams must be cautious", a tweet by the Chief Minister's Office said later.
Rino of Manaykkaparambil house, Panickankudy was killed in a landslip which occurred near the premises of his house on Friday.
The water level in the reservoir stood at 2,401.60 ft against a full reservoir level of 2,403 ft.
Five columns of Army have been deployed in the state's northern districts since last night, and small bridges have been constructed to evacuate people stranded at various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad.
Access to many of these places are hard and is affecting the rescue operations.
In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after 4 shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday. Out of the four shutters, only the second and third one has been kept open by one metre each while the first and fourth shutters has been closed reducing the spillway discharge by 200 cumecs.