Heavy rain forecast in eight Kerala districts, toll rises to 37

Erika Holt
August 12, 2018

In a telephonic conversation on Friday, Singh had assured Vijayan all central help to the state government to deal with the rains and floods. The relief and rescue ops are going on.

In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after 4 shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday.

Singh, accompanied by Tourism Minister K J Alphons and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs, will visit the floods and landslides affected areas, a Home Ministry statement said.

The Kerala government said that more water needs to be released from the Idukki water reservoir system to control the rising water level because of heavy rain.

Vijayan made the announcement while presiding over a review meeting called held in Wayanad (Kerala) to discuss the loss and destruction caused due to the heavy rains over the past four days.

Besides the NDRF, adequate columns of Army, Navy and Coast Guard, helicopters of Indian Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are deployed in Kerala for assisting the state administration in lifting and dropping of essential commodities.

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Scores of people residing in Cheruthoni town were evacuated from their homes. As many as 60,622 persons have been accommodated in 513 relief camps. At 8 p.m., the water level was 2,400.26 ft in Idukki, against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 2,403 ft.

With water levels rising in various dams and reaching nearly maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water.

So far 26 people have been killed, including 11 in high range Idukki in landslips yesterday as rain continued to pound the southern state.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had described the flood situation in the state as "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams had been opened at a time following the water level reaching maximum capacity.

After Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in Wayanad and Idukki, he said the state was in the middle of an unprecedented calamity and that it created "immeasurable misery and devastation".

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