Kozhikode: Roof of a house collapses following a flash flood, triggered by heavy rains, at Kodencheri in Kozhikode district of Kerala on Thursday
The incessant heavy downpour has wreaked havoc in Kerala as the toll due to landslides and other rain-related incidents continued to mound on Friday. The Kerala government has sought the Army’s help to control and situation and cap the large-scale damage reported from various parts of the state.
A team of the Army’s Military Engineering Group is set to arrive at Kozhikode and Ernakulam, officials said, adding that some Army officers from Kannur had already reached the flooded Wayanad.
The worst affected districts include Idukki, Malappuram, Palghat, Kozhikode, Wayanad and parts of Kannur.
Following the opening of the Idamalayar dam gates, the flood water from the Periyar river entered the Cochin International Airport compound, forcing the authorities to temporarily shut operations in the afternoon. The airport reopened after the water receded at 3 pm.
A Home Ministry statement said 22 persons died in overnight rains and landslides on August 8-9. Idukki alone accounted for 11 deaths.
Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force have left Chennai for Kerala. An inter-ministerial Central team is visiting the flood-ravaged area and Army support is also being mobilized from Bengaluru, the statement said.
PM Modi speaks to CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the wake of heavy rains and floods in the state, and offered all possible assistance to those affected.
“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity,” the PM said in a tweet.
Palakkad: A view of houses submerged in water following a flash flood, triggered by heavy rains, at Palakkad in Kerala on Thursday
US issues advisory against travel to Kerala
The US has issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state. In the advisory, the US said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state.
“Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods,” it read.
Kerala, dubbed as God’s own country, is a global tourist destination.
Idukki: Rescue operations being carried out following a landslide, triggered by heavy rains at Adimali
The situation is ‘pretty bad’: Min
Power Minister MM Mani, who is from Idukki, said the situation in the district was “pretty bad”. “The shutters of the Idamalyar dam were opened. We will open a shutter of the Idukki dam also,” he said.
The capacity of the Idukki dam is 2,403 meters. At 12.30 pm, when the water level crossed 2,399 meters after a gap of 26 years, one shutter of the dam was opened. “At the moment everything is under control,” said Idukki legislator Roshy Augustine.
The Malampuzha dam, which was opened a few days, sent out waters which have created havoc in certain areas of Palghat, which borders Tamil Nadu. Water has entered houses in many low-lying areas of the district.
(With inputs from agencies)