Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India

Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India

Landslides caused by monsoon rains kill 19 in southern India

All educational institutions including professional colleges in Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva and Paravur taluks of Ernakulam district have declared a holiday for today. 29 persons lost their lives and 58,000 persons are shifted to relief camps. The district administration has sought the support of the National Disaster Response Force following multiple incidents of landslips in the rural areas of Kozhikode. The relief and rescue ops are going on. Nearly all the 40-odd rivers in the state are in spate. With this, 800 cumecs of water is flowing out of the dam per second.

For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni dam was opened yesterday and two more were opened at 7 am today.

Tincy, a panchayat member said as prior warning about the release of water had been issued, any kind of human casualty was avoided. He said he would conduct an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas on Saturday.

Shibu, a relief official, said Friday almost 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas.

"Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property and forcing thousands to abandon their homes". I urge each and every Congres worker in Kerala to step up & help those in need.

Muscat: At least 25 people were killed in a series of landslides in Kerala following heavy rains, authorities announced on Friday.

Schools and colleges are closed in Idukki, Wayanad, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta districts.

Five shutters of the Idukki reservoir have been opened as the water level continued to rise following continuing rains. "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.

Union Minister KJ Alphons, who is from Kerala, said this is the biggest spell of rain the state has witnessed in five decades.

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Tourists have been barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places.

Two teams with Gemini boats commenced rescue operations at Kalpetta, Wayanad and at Panmarum (13 kilometres south of Mananthavady), where they evacuated 55 stranded people till 12 noon on Friday, a defence press release said.

The United States consulate in Chennai issued a travel alert and advised the USA citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flash flood. The government has asked tourists not to go to high-range areas and dam sites.

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