Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

This is strongest monsoon year for Kerala since 2013, says IMD

This is strongest monsoon year for Kerala since 2013, says IMD

The state meteorological department forecast rains to continue on Friday and return on Monday. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has issued a red alert in Wayanad district till August 14, according to Mathrubhumi. Help from forces has also been sought for Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. The road to Kakkayam dam site in Kozhikode was cut off after the connecting road was washed away in the floods, reports the Hindu.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state". Chief Minister accompanied by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, Minister for Revenue E Chandrashekharan, Chief Secretary Tom Jose, Additional Chief Secretary for Revenue P H Kurien and Police Chief Loknath Behera left Thiruvananthapuram at 7.45 am.

Teams of army and NDRF have been deployed in Ayannkulu, Idukki, Wayanad, Kozikode, Mallapuram and Palakkad.

The Indian Navy has put on alert its Southern Naval Command in view of the rising water level in the Periyar river and a possible inundation of parts of Wellingdon Island surrounded by the backwaters of Kochi.

At least 30 people were killed, almost 54,000 left homeless while dams and rivers overflowed, parts of highways collapsed, and homes were swept away in severe flooding across the state as the heavy downpour continued for the third day on Friday.

At least 60 tourists, that included 20 foreigners as well were rescued from the Plum Judy resort in Munnar where they had been stranded since Wednesday, state Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran said.

The United States consulate in Chennai issued a travel alert and advised the USA citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flash flood. With this, 800 cumecs of water is flowing out of the dam per second.

Water level had crossed the maximum storage capacity of reservoirs of 24 out of the state's 58 dams, forcing officials to release the water by opening the sluice gates, including three of the Idukki reservoir.

The Cheruthoni Dam, part of Idukki reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia was opened after 26 years.

The water level in Idukki at 5 pm stood at 2401.72 feet against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 2,403 feet.

More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days, the government said. The airport operations may be affected if the water level in the Periyar river rises beyond 3 feet, officials said.

Meanwhile, people living at Kariveli Mannapuram in Aluva in Ernakulam district said mud and slush filled their homes due to waterlogging and well water has turned muddy.

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