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Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

11 August 2018

Kochi Airport statement in a statement said: "Operations go on smoothly".

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 rescue worker who saved the child is now being hailed by the social media users.

For the first time in 40 years, all 5 gates of Idduki Dam in Kerala have been opened, which clearly depicts the situation emerged in the state following heavy rains. People are homeless, tourists are stranded, and wildlife is in danger as more than half of Kerala is dealing with severe flooding due to the unforgiving rain.

Multiple columns of Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and ten teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed across Kerala for relief and rescue operations.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 2,401.60 ft against a full reservoir level of 2,403 ft.

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At 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, the water level crossed 2,399 metres, and one of the shutters was opened after a gap of 26 years.

Although Kerala on Friday got some relief due to lesser showers pounding it than has been over the last two days, the death toll rose to 27.

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.

Earlier, union home minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour that the central government was aware of the crisis in Kerala and it was ready to provide any assistance needed by the state.

All educational institutions including professional colleges in Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva and Paravur taluks of Ernakulam district have declared a holiday for today. Officials said that over 54,000 people are now housed in around 500 relief camps across the state.

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As the water level continued to rise in the reservoir, two more shutterd were opened later.

Tourists were barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all help in a phone call to Vijayan on Thursday night.

A red alert has been sounded ahead of the impending release of water from the Idukki Reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia.

As flooding and landslides continue to cause havoc in southern India state of Kerala, Catholic Church officials are working overtime to rehabilitate the affected people, mostly village farmers who have been displaced or have lost their homes and crops.

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Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state