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

11 August, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Water from Idukki will take 8 hours to reach densely populated Aluva. Around 3,000 to 3,500 members from 182 families have been shifted to these camps.

A red alert has been sounded ahead of the impending release of water from the Idukki Reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia. This has been done to avoid opening of more shutters. The Ernakulam district administration said there was no cause for concern as the shutters were being opened in a controlled manner. "Control rooms will be opened in the six worst-affected districts".

Approximately 50 cubic metres of water is being released per second during the trial run. It is too early to say which are the areas which will be flooded. "Such a situation never arose in the recent past", Hindustan Times quoted Vijayan as saying. "All residents living along 100 meters of the dam have been asked to relocate to safe places", a Kerala State Electricity Board official in Idukki, who did not wish to be named, said.

The India Meteorological Centre's regional office in Thiruvananthapuram has predicted heavy downpour for two more days in the area. "Tourists are advised to exercise caution", Pinarayi said while adding that those taking part in the Vavubali ritual should also be careful.

There are 22 more dams in the State where storage has reached maximum capacity in what has been an unprecedented heavy monsoon phase marked by flooding and landslips in two days of rain-related carnage that has claimed at least 24 lives so far. The full reservoir level of the dam is 2,403 feet.

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

"Kerala has received 17 percent more rainfall so far during the current season compared with previous year", K. Santhosh, Kerala director of India's Meteorological Department, told Reuters.

The shutters of the Kuttiyadi dam in Kozhikode district has been opened considering the increase in water level. The shutters will be closed after four hours.

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.

"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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