Kerala rains: 26 dead, thousands evacuated amid India flooding

Kerala rains: 26 dead, thousands evacuated amid India flooding

Kerala rains: 26 dead, thousands evacuated amid India flooding

Over 15,600 people have been evacuated from the affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force left from Chennai to Kerala.

Indian Navy's southern command, which was put on alert after the water level in Periyar river rose amid concern that parts of Willingdon Island in Kochi could be inundated, launched "Operation Madad" to help victims. Nearly all the 40-odd rivers in the state are in spate.

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

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "24 dams have been opened so far, which is unprecedented and is telling of the seriousness of the situation".

Tincy, a panchayat member said as prior warning about the release of water had been issued, any kind of human casualty was avoided.

India's home minister Rajnath Singh, who is in touch with Vijayan plans to visit the flood affected areas of the state on August 12.

Shibu, a relief official, said Friday almost 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas. He will reach the disaster hit areas via helicopter accompanied by revenue minister, chief secretary and DGP.

People wade through a flooded street as a flock of birds float in the water in Kochi, Kerala state, India, on August 10, 2018.

The deaths included 11 in Idukki, five in Malapuram, three in Wayanad, two each in Kannur and Ernakulam, and one in Kozhikode.

According to the Economic Times, the water level in various dams of the state is going way over the danger mark, after which shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water.

In view of this, water level in the Periyar river and its tributaries will rise.

As per the reports, CM said that he has also spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM H. D. Kumaraswamy and has brief them about the "grim" flood situation in the state.

Union minister KJ Alphons on Thursday meeting said that "it is the biggest rain we had in last 50 years". The south-west monsoon has been very heavy over Kerala in the past few days.

Small bridges have been constructed to evacuate stranded people in various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad areas, and rescue operations are now underway. Vijayan has already instructed officials to alert the people living in downstream areas and to relocate those living in vulnerable areas. Travellers have also been asked to limit movement at night in hilly and high-range areas, particularly between 7 pm and 7 am.

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