Kerala Rains: 22 Killed in Landslide Due to Flood, Train Services Disrupted

Kerala is battered by the annual monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season

Kerala is battered by the annual monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season

The shutters of the Kuttiyadi dam in Kozhikode district has been opened considering the increase in water level.

Excess water entering the Chengalthodu canal from Periyar river adjacent to CIAL premises led to water being accumulated at the parking bay and spillover of the drainage canal.

The Idukki reservoir has three dams and the main dam on the Periyar that holds maximum water has no shutters as it is situated between two imposing granite hills locally known as Kuravan and Kurathi mala.

Educational institutions have been shut down in six districts and people have been advised to avoid travelling to hilly areas of the state, the Hindustan Times reported. Two more teams have been moved. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought help from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and said "the situation is very serious". Five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam in Idukki reservoir have been opened as rains show no sign of letting up, which may push up the level of water in Periyar and Cheruthoni rivers and complicate rescue efforts.

In the advisory, the USA said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state.

The US on Thursday issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state.

As a precaution, the Cochin International Airport Limited has informed that till 2.30 p.m. all incoming flights will be diverted to other destinations, while there will be no problem for outgoing flights.

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As of Friday, 26 people had lost their lives in multiple rain-related accidents across the state.

On Thursday, authorities had opened one sluice gate of the 45-year-old Idukki reservoir for the first time in 26 years and they have now been releasing 1.5 lakh litre per second.

Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.

Three persons are missing - one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.

Ernakulam District Collector Mohammed Y Safirulla announced that all schools at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed on Friday, ANI reported.

An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government is also visiting flood-affected areas, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state. The operations, however, resumed later.

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