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U.S. issues warning to citizens after Kerala floods

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha
Ellis Copeland | 11 August, 2018, 11:18

The number of people who have died in floods and landslides triggered by unprecedented levels of rain in Kerala climbed to at least 29, with dozens of others still missing.

In view of the devastation, the United States embassy Thursday advised its citizens to avoid the areas affected and constantly monitor local media for weather updates.

Father Jose Plachikkal, spokesman for the worst-affected Idukki Diocese, said Church people have joined local authorities in accommodating people displaced by floods, landslides and the opening of the dams.

At least 26 people have lost their lives, including 11 in high range Idukki, so far across rain-battered Kerala due to flooding and landslides caused by the torrential downpour in the state.

The water level at Bhoothathankettu barrage through which the water released from Idamalayar dam flows downstream of Periyar also dropped to 30.50 metres by Saturday morning. "The state is expected to get much heavier rainfall for the next couple of days", he said.

Heavy rains have necessitated the opening of the shutters of Idukki Cheruthoni dam.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state".

Two NDRF teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala.

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Amid rains continuing to lash the state, educational institutions across Kerala have declared a holiday today. The KSDMA has issued an alert in the nearby areas and has asked people not to panic.

Five columns of Army have been deployed in the state's northern districts since last night, and small bridges have been constructed to evacuate people stranded at various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad.

Rino of Manaykkaparambil house, Panickankudy was killed in a landslip which occurred near the premises of his house on Friday.

Arrivals at Cochin International Airport halted after water released from Idukki dam, the report added.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 2,401.60 ft against a full reservoir level of 2,403 ft. Rescue operations are being carried out round-the-clock, and around 500 relief camps have been set up so far. The chief minister cancelled all his public functions till August 12, and said he will personally monitor the situation from the state capital.

According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas.

The authorities opened the gates of the Idamalayar dam on the morning of August 9 as the water breached its maximum height of 169 meters.

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