Incessant rains have wreaked havoc in Kerala, worsening the flood situation in the state. The death toll has mounted to 29 in the last 48 hours due to the unceasing downpour. At least 8 districts of Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Idukki, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alappuzha has been severely hit by floods. Dismissing any immediate scope of relief, the IMD has forecast heavy rains for the next 48 hours, especially in Eastern parts of Kerala.
As per latest reports, all 5 gates of the Idukki dam has been opened for the first time in its history, reflecting the havoc caused by the floods. The outflow has been reported to be 750 cumecs (7.5 lakh liter/second) from the dam which flows into Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers and their tributaries, thus causing floods. Owing to the situation, the authorities have issued high alert on the banks of Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers.
Due to the continuous rainfalls, the water level in the dams had crossed the maximum storage capacity of reservoirs of 24 out of the state's 58 dams, forcing officials to release the water by opening the sluice gates, including three of the Idukki reservoir.
Meanwhile, in Dharmasthala, Dakshina Kannada district Netravathi river has been reported to be overflowing onto the streets. The natural calamity has resulted in roads and agricultural fields to inundated and normal life coming to a standstill.
To control the damage and destruction due to the floods, the Indian Army, Navy and Airforce are conducting the rescue operations in the flood ravaged areas. They are also carrying out humanitarian aid mission for people who have been affected by the floods, especially at low-lying areas. As per initial reports, 30 teams of NDRF has been deployed for rescue operation and 53,500 relief camps have been arranged by the Kerala state government for affected people.
As per available data, more than fifty thousand people have been pushed out of their original shelter and to temporary relief camps across the state due to incessant rains for three straight days.
The Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, conducted an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged areas along with leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Kerala on Sunday to review the flood-hit areas of the state. The Union Home Minister has reportedly, while discussing the situation in Kerala, has promised Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan every possible aid from the centre.
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