Heavy rains, landslides kill 25 in India

Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha

"Expressing shock over the death of 22 persons due to flood in Kerala, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said that Government of Karnataka would extend every possible support for flood relief in Kerala", read an official statement.

Twenty nine people have so far been killed in the heavy rains and floods since August 8 in the state and many homes damaged and crops destroyed. Currently, about eight districts in the state are under red alert, and 29 people have lost their lives due to the floods.

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

Top elected state official Pinarayi Vijayan says the flood situation has become "very grim" with the opening of sluice gates of almost two dozen overflowing water reservoirs.

Water level had crossed the maximum storage capacity of reservoirs of 24 out of the state's 58 dams, forcing officials to release the water by opening the sluice gates, including three of the Idukki reservoir.

Heavy rains have been lashing several parts of Kerala for the past few days, leading to a copious inflow into the state's reservoirs. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were lifted around 7 am today. Latest visuals of swollen Periyar river.

Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese apostolic administrator Bishop Jacob Manathodath has appealed to church authorities under the diocese to open church schools and other institutions to the displaced people, and distribute food, clothes and other relief materials. The relief and rescue ops are going on.

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"The situation is under control", he said.

Ernakulam District administration officials said over 2,300 people living on the banks of Periyar river have been shifted to 38 camps opened in view of rising water level following release of water from Cheruthoni and Idamalayar dams. A decision will be taken only after reviewing the flood situation downstream.

Cochin International Airport Limited sources said operations at the airport had not been affected.

"The operational area is intact".

The spokesperson said three contingents (50 men each) from INS Dronacharya, Venduruthy and Naval Air station INS Garuda were ready to be deployed as and when required, besides a medical team from INHS Sanjivani. The road to Kakkayam dam site in Kozhikode was cut off after the connecting road was washed away in the floods, reports the Hindu.

Vijayan said the state would submit a detailed memorandum to the Centre seeking financial assistance for taking up relief works.

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.

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