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Unrelenting monsoon rains keep Kerala on edge, death toll climbs to 26

Unrelenting monsoon rains keep Kerala on edge, death toll climbs to 26 Unrelenting monsoon rains keep Kerala on edge, death toll climbs to 26
Patty Aguilar | 11 August, 2018, 07:02

In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened on Thursday. Army has deployed over 200 personnel at Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad and about 150 headed to Kozhikode and Malappuram.

Meanwhile, multiple incidents of landslips have been reported in the rural areas of Kozhikode district.

"Three NDRF teams have arrived, two teams to arrive soon and six additional NDRF teams have been called in", said Vijayan, adding that the Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been cancelled. "Help from Navy has been sought to evacuate people who are cut off in Wayanad".

Rajnath Singh tried to reach chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan but failed.

A road in Malappuram was washed out after flash floods hit the region.

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All schools and colleges, including professional colleges in Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva and Paravur taluks of Ernakulam district in Kerala have been given a holiday considering the rain situation. The authorities chose to open the fourth shutter as there was no reduction in the water in the reservoir even after raising the height of the three sluice gates in the morning. A bridge on the Periyar river in the town was completely destroyed by the gushing waters from the reservoirs. The water level at Idukki dam was 2,398 at 8 am, 50 feet against the FRL of 2,403 feet. The shutters were opened after 26 years.

Following the heavy rains, the Southern Naval Command (SNC) is on a high alert in Kerala to deal with any emergency situation. TOI Photo However, the water level in the dam continued rose to touch 2401.34 feet at 10 am on Friday. Residents on either side of the dam have been advised to remain cautious.

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.

Three persons are missing - one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts. An orange alert was sounded earlier at the dam after water level in the reservoir reached 167 metres. Freight trains were also delayed, according to ANI.

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