Heavy rains wreak havoc in Kerala; 22 dead
Heavy rains wreak havoc in Kerala; 22 dead

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Kerala; 22 dead


For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir, considered the biggest arch dam in Asia, was opened today Torrential rains continue to lash different parts of the state leaving 22 dead and leaving a trail of destruction and extensive damage to life and properties. With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost its maximum capacity, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs have been opened to drain out excess water, for the first time in the history of the state. Of the total deaths since last night, 11 people were killed in a massive landslide in high range Idukki, five in Chettiyambara in Malappuram, three in Wayanad and one in Kozhikode. Two students were drowned to death in Ernakulam. Five members of a family were killed in Idukki's Adimali town. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the locals and police. Torrential rains continue to lash different parts of the state leaving 22 dead and leaving a trail of destruction and extensive damage to life and properties. With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost its maximum capacity, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs have been opened to drain out excess water, for the first time in the history of the state. Of the total deaths since last night, 11 people were killed in a massive landslide in high range Idukki, five in Chettiyambara in Malappuram, three in Wayanad and one in Kozhikode. Two students were drowned to death in Ernakulam. Five members of a family were killed in Idukki's Adimali town. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the locals and police. In the 10 relief camps in the Ernakulam district, 600 persons have been housed. Road transports in various districted are affected after many roads being washed away and some being submerged. Talking to reporters after a review meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the flood situation in the state was "very grim". The annual Nehru Trophy boat race, scheduled to be held at Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha on August 11, has been postponed due to floods. Assistance of Army, Navy and Coast Guard has been sought and six more columns of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had been requested to be deployed in the flood-hit areas. Wayanad district was completely cut off by landslides. The deployment of Navy helicopter has been sought for the rescue of those stranded in the remote areas of Wayanad and army’s help was sought to restore road network to the hill district. Services of Army and NDRF had also been sought in the worst-hit Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Idukki districts.



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