Heaviest rains in 50 years in Kerala, army deployed in Idukki, Wayanad

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Aug 09, 2018, 08:48 PM(IST)

Southern Naval Command sent four diving teams and a Sea King helicopter to Wayanad for evacuating stranded people. Photograph:( ANI )

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The dam at the Idukki reservoir which was opened today for the first time in 26 years will be reopened tomorrow morning to maintain the water level.

Kerala continues to grapple with treacherous floods as heavy rains lash the state. The incessant rains caused rivers in the many regions to swell, prompting the authorities to open the shutters of as many as 22 dams.

The death tolls from the destructive deluge have claimed 22 lives so far

According to reports, six flood rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Palakkad for relief and rescue work. 

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Meanwhile, Ernakulam district collector has directed all educational institutions at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy to remain closed on Friday. 

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Three columns, of an approximate strength of 75 persons each, have been deployed by the Army at Idukki and Wayanad districts. Two additional columns have been requisitioned and are moving to Kozhikode and Malappuram. 

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Union Minister KJ Alphons on Thursday called it Kerala's "biggest rain in 50 years".

"There has been unprecedented flooding in Kerala since yesterday and incessant rains for two weeks. It is the biggest rain we had in 50 years. 22 people have died. Armed forces to fly to Kerala immediately, 6 central rescue teams already there. All the dams have been opened," Alphons stated. 

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The dam at the Idukki reservoir which was opened today for the first time in 26 years will be reopened tomorrow morning to maintain the water level.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the flood situation in the state as "very grim". He also noted that it was for the first time in the history of the state that 22 dams have been opened at a time.

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"The flood has caused large-scale damage across the state. Water levels in rivers are on the rise. Thus, there is a need to open the shutters of many dams," the chief minister noted.

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