Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India

Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India

Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India

Rains continued to batter Kerala on August 9. "The state is expected to get much heavier rainfall for the next couple of days", he said.

Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern Indian state of Kerala with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps.

One column of Army from Pangode Military Station under the leadership of a Captain carried out the relief operations in Adimali area in Idukki district.

The district collectors of Ernakulam and Idukki have been asked to monitor the situation round the clock.

At 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, the water level crossed 2,399 metres, and one of the shutters was opened after a gap of 26 years. The river is now in full spate.

"Due to the increase in the water level at Idukki dam, it is essential to release water three times (more) than what was being released now, " Vijayan said, adding that this will lead to rise in the water levels of Periyar river and its tributaries. Now the United States of America government has advised its citizens not to visit Kerala keeping in mind the unsafe situation.

Flooding has been reported in several low-lying areas in the state. Floods and rain related deaths throughout the season have taken a total of 151 lives so far.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy discussed the situation in Kerala with Vijayan and has allocated Rs 10 crore for disaster management, Manorama Online reported.The Edappadi K Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government also agreed to release 75,000 cusecs of water from Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district, to tackle flash floods caused by excessive backwaters in Kerala. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were also lifted.

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.

Kerala's electricity board today issued a red alert in a dam in the Idukki reservoir. Three shutters of the Idukki reservoir have already been opened. The departures continue as before.

The Army and National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in affected areas in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram districts to assist the civil administration in the rescue operations, officials said. Help from forces has also been sought for Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation as the river is flowing through the thickly populated northern suburbs of Kochi city, before joining the Arabian sea.

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