Kerala flooding: 70 stranded at Munnar resort, army deployed

Kerala flooding: 70 stranded at Munnar resort, army deployed

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of the state's flood-affected areas on Sunday.

The water level at the Idukki dam was now at 2,401 feet after it came down on Friday night as the intensity of the rains decreased.

Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode.

Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres) have been damaged and 31,000 people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority's (KSDMA) control room in the state capital.

Army conducts rescue mission as part of Operation Madat after heavy rain showers disrupts normnal life in Kerala.

"Our state is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

The United States consulate in Chennai issued a travel alert and advised the U.S. citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flash flood.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the prevailing flood situation in the state".

Almost 400 flood-affected people, including 85 children from Keerithod in Kanjikuzhy panchayat near Cheruthoni have been in a camp for the past two days as a precautionary measure after water was released from Idukki dam. Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state.

The situation in Ernakulam district of Kerala is under control, as the water level in Periyar river has not reached unsafe level as feared.

The Cheruthoni Dam, part of Idukki reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia was opened after 26 years.

Water from the dam would be let into Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers.

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 operational area is intact".

Idukki has received 129.80 mm rainfall.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 arrival operations were resumed from 3.05 pm this evening, a spokesperson of the airport said.

In Palakkad district, the flood waters have started receding today as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam has been reduced and Palakkad town is limping back to normal.

Due to the increase in the water level at Idukki dam, "it is essential to release water three times (more) than what was being released now", Vijayan said, adding that this will lead to rise in the water levels of Periyar river and its tributaries.

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