Half of Kerala reels under floods as 29 die; 54,000 rendered homeless

US Asks Its Citizens Not To Visit Kerala Due To Flash Floods Landslides

Schools and colleges are closed today in the hilly Idukki district, Wayanad, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta districts. The full reservoir level is 2,403 feet and storage capacity is 69,268 Mcft and storage percentage is 97.61 per cent. "Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods", said the advisory, as reported by The Hindu.

Talking to reporters here after a review meeting, the chief minister said the flood situation was "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams have been opened at a time following the water level reaching their respective maximum. People living along the banks of the Periyar and the Cheruthoni rivers have been alerted about the shutter openings, Manorama Online reported.

Incessant rains have already swelled the level of water to nearly full capacity at two dams, prompting authorities to discharge huge volumes of water at one of them. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were lifted around 7 am on Friday.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been sent to Kozhikode as the heavy rainfall caused a flood-like situation in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. Of the five gates in the dam, one was opened on Thursday for a trial run and three on Friday morning. He appealed to people to be vigilant.

More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days, the government said.

"The Government of India is providing all the required assistance including services of armed forces, disaster management team and other required assistance".

Shibu, a relief official told UCANEWS on Friday that almost 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas.

In the 68 relief camps set up in Ernakulam district, around 9,476 people belonging to 2,795 families live there. "Now that they are witness to the current situation - widespread destruction of crops and property, we are hopeful that they will be able to speed up their reports", said Chandrasekheran. Cochin International Airport Limited sources said operations at the airport had not been affected.

Small bridges have been constructed to evacuate stranded people in various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad areas, and rescue operations are now underway.

Small bridges have been constructed to evacuate stranded people in various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad areas, and rescue operations are now underway. "No cancellation of services so far", an airport spokesperson said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday and offered all possible assistance to those affected.

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