Kerala rains: Power, drinking water supply hit in Palakkad
11 August, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Angel Logan
Col. Ajai Sharma, the commandant of DSC Centre, who is overseeing relief and rescue operations, said five columns of Army have been deployed in the northern districts since Thursday night.
The situation in Ernakulam district of Kerala is under control, as the water level in Periyar river has not reached unsafe level as feared. Nearly all of Kerala's 40-odd rivers are in spate, officials said.
Kochi in Ernakulam district is also bracing for floods as the water level in the Periyar river has been rising since the fourth sluice gate of the Idukki reservoir was opened.
Tincy, a panchayat member said as prior warning about the release of water had been issued, any kind of human casualty was avoided.
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Kumaraswamy also called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the flood situation in the state.
Shibu, a relief official told UCANEWS on Friday that almost 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas. Chief Minister accompanied by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, Minister for Revenue E Chandrashekharan, Chief Secretary Tom Jose, Additional Chief Secretary for Revenue P H Kurien and Police Chief Loknath Behera left Thiruvananthapuram at 7.45 am.
Even though their first stop was planned at Idukki, Vijayan wrote in his Facebook post that due to bad weather conditions at the landing area in Kattapana, they have been forced to travel to Wayanad. I urge each and every Congress worker in Kerala to step up & help those in need. Till Friday evening, a total of 28 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents, a bulk of the casualties being reported from Idukki in central Kerala.
As per data, districts like Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Malappuram and Palakkad have registered excess cumulative rainfall between June 1 and August 10.
Five shutters of the Idukki reservoir have been opened as the water level continued to rise following continuing rains. Latest visuals of swollen Periyar river.
Farmers in Puthenvelikara said about one lakh banana plants were destroyed in the region due to heavy rains and sought compensation from the state government. "It is the biggest rain we had in 50 years", news agency ANI quoted KJ Alphons saying. The south-west monsoon has been very heavy over Kerala in the past few days.
Tourists have been barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places. Many other people are injured or missing as rescue operations are underway by National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and military team.
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