Road was washed away in Malappuram after flash floods hit Kerala. Photograph:( ANI )
The heavy downpour, caused by the annual south-west monsoon, has also hampered the train services between Kanjikode and Walayar.
As reports of more deaths from different parts of Kerala started coming in, the death toll touched 22.
While 11 people died in Idukki district, five more deaths were reported from Malappuram district. The deluge caused three deaths in Waynad and two in Kannur.
The inundation has been so severe that the administration was compelled to vacate over a 100 houses in the vicinity.
Approximately 951 people have been rehabilitated in the district as the low-lying residential areas have submerged in water.
The heavy downpour, caused by the annual south-west monsoon, has also hampered the train services between Kanjikode and Walayar and adversely affected flight services in the Cochin International Airport (CIAL).
Kerala state electricity board has issued third red alert in Idukki reservoir. The dam will be opened tomorrow morning to maintain the water level. At 4 pm today, the water level was 2399.56 ft.— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
Four more teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already left from Chennai. Three NDRF teams are already tackling the situation in fire-fighting mode.
"We have sought help from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and NDRF. 3 NDRF teams have arrived, 2 teams to arrive soon and 6 additional NDRF teams have been called in. Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been cancelled," said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing a press conference.
Kerala: All educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy to remain closed tomorrow: District Collector— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
Meanwhile, the inclement weather has forced the Kerala state electricity board to issue a third red alert in the connection.
Kerala: Army has been deployed in three columns of approximate strength of 75 persons each at Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad. Two additional columns have been requisitioned and are moving to Kozikode and Malappuram. Three Engineer Task Force to be deployed soon.— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
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.