Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha

Kerala: 20 dead in landslides after heavy rains lash state, Cochin airport suspends arrivals

Idukki has requested for help and will be receiving one column of Army. The shutters were opened after 26 years. With water levels rising in various dams and reaching nearly maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water. The opening of the first two shutters was preponed by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) from 6 am to 5 am due to increasing water level.

The full reservoir level is 2,403 feet and storage capacity is 69,268 Mcft and storage percentage is 97.61 percent. A bridge on the Periyar river in the town was completely destroyed by the gushing waters from the reservoirs. TOI photo The officials said that the release from Idamalayar could be controlled at 3 lakh litres per second. An orange alert was sounded earlier at the dam after water level in the reservoir reached 167 metres. Meanwhile, heavys rains in this end of Ernakulam at Aluva has created concern. As the speed increased, officials started cutting down trees along the banks of river Periyar.

Earlier, Vijayan, while talking to media, said rains have caused extensive damage to life and property across the state.

Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.

"The shutters of the Idamalyar dam was opened".

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Three persons are missing - one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.

The government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

Landslips occurred at many places in Wayanad and Malappuram too.

The district disaster management authority and the district collector issued an order in this regard under the Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, after heavy rain battered the hilly district.

Approximately 951 people have been rehabilitated in the district as the low-lying residential areas have submerged in water. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. The operations, however, resumed later. The services of Army, Navy and Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been sought in the flood-hit areas.

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