Kerala rain: 50 tourists stranded in Munnar after landslide

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

"The state is expected to get much heavier rainfall for the next couple of days", he said.

Dam reservoirs and rivers overflowed, sections of highways collapsed and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala, after days of incessant rains left almost 54,000 people homeless and killed at least 29, officials said today.

One column of Army from Pangode Military Station under the leadership of a Captain carried out the relief operations in Adimali area in Idukki district. 80 mm rainfall so far.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin at 8 am, thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds are likely to affect Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts. The river is now in full spate.

Not only that, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) also opened all the five shutters of the Cheruthony dam in order to release the excess inflow of the water deposited in the catchment areas of the reservoir from the past couple of days.

The US has issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state.

News agency PTI quoted unnamed state officials as saying that a total of 53,501 people were housed in 439 relief camps across the state. A year ago 1,200 people perished.

In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after 4 shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday. The first shutters were opened on Thursday after 26 years. "The increase in water level downstream due to this limited discharge is estimated to be contained within the river banks", the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said in a press release. A red alert was issued for Idukki and its adjoining districts in view of the possibility of release of more water from the Idukki reservoir.

As water gushed out of the Idukki dam, low lying areas in Cheruthoni including Karimban and Thadiyambad were inundated.

Looking at the heavy rain and the dams being opened Kochi airport has been shut down for arrivals amid fears that water will enter the airport area. The departures continue as before.

Ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force, along with teams from the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Coast Guard have been deployed to districts such as Palakkad, Kozhikode, Idukki, Wayanad and Malappuram. Landslips occurred at many places in Wayanad and Malappuram also. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation as the river is flowing through the thickly populated northern suburbs of Kochi city, before joining the Arabian sea. Nearly 12,000 houses have been either fully or partially damaged and crops on 21, 850 hectares have been affected.

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