Khabarindiaonline: In Kerala, the death toll due to heavy rain and landslides have touched 22.
The continuous rains have caused heavy damage across the state and the northern districts are the worst affected. With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost its maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water.
Two teams of National Disaster Response Force and army are engaged in rescue operations. Two more teams of NDRF and two teams of military engineering group from Bangalore also reached Kozhikode district.
As per disaster control room sources, of the total deaths, 11 people were killed in a massive landslide in Idukki, five in northern Malappuram district, two others in Kannur, three in Wayanad and one in Kozhikode district since last night.
Five people are reported to be missing. With mudslide in the ghat road, the Wayanad district is completely isolated. For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir, considered the biggest arch dam in Asia, was opened by noon today with the water level touching 2,398.98 ft. The full reservoir level of the dam is 2,403 ft.
Four shutters of the Idamalayar dam in Kochi district were opened this morning and people living in the banks of Periyar River and its other tributaries were asked to be vigilant as the released water was likely to flood low-lying areas.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has convened a review meeting today to assess the situation.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, the Chief Minister said the flood situation in the state was very grim and all measures have been adopted to face the situation.
Chief Minister said an assistance of Army, Navy and Coast Guard has been sought and six more columns of NDRF had been requested to be deployed in the flood-hit areas.
A 24×7 monitoring cell has been set up at the Secretariat to coordinate the relief works with various district collectors.
Members of the central team, who are in the state to assess the damage, held a meeting with the chief minister this morning. ( Source: AIRN ).