Kerala floods : Heavy rains, landslides claim 20 lives

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The toll on Friday has risen to 27 after a 47-year-old man drawing water was killed when the well caved in due to heavy rain at Palavila near Pirappancode in the morning.

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 current water level in the dam is 2401.5 feet. The full reservoir level of the dam is 2,403 feet. The meeting recommended a holiday for the plantation sector in Idukki district.

Besides, a woman's mutilated body was unearthed from the debris.

Following the heavy rains, the Southern Naval Command (SNC) is on a high alert in Kerala to deal with any emergency situation.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "24 dams have been opened so far, which is unprecedented and is telling of the seriousness of the situation". Three NDRF teams are in Alappuzha, Wayanad and Kozhikode. The state has sought six more NDRF teams to be deployed, said the Chief Minister.

Necessary rescue equipment for the Army would be brought from Bengaluru to Kozhikode and Kochi by air and would be transported to affected regions by road. "The new dates will be announced by the organisers", said Vijayan. The shutters were opened after 26 years. Only those assigned for rescue operations should be allowed. Large-scale damage has also been reported from various parts of the state. Officials have been directed to involve MLAs and other people's representatives in relief measures.

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According to reports, the tourists have been stranded at the resort for two days. All arrival flights have been cancelled at the Cochin International Airport fearing flood on the runway. A bridge on the Periyar river in the town was completely destroyed by the gushing waters from the reservoirs.

The water levels have decreased in Idukki.

"The shutters of the Idamalyar dam was opened".

Torrential downpour in the vulnerable northern and central districts of Kerala has hardly relented, with the catchment areas of the fast-filling Idukki reservoir recording 12.9 cm of rain by this morning.

The district administration has issued an alert to the public in the wake of water level rising in rivers and streams. However, the shutter was kept open as the water level refuses to come down.

Also, at least seven people are reported to be missing due to landslides.

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