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Kerala floods updates: 11 deaths in Malappuram landslides take toll to 67; fresh rains ravage parts of state

The Tamil Nadu government has agreed to draw more water from the Mullaperiyar Dam, following neighbouring Kerala's request and Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention

FP Staff August 15, 2018 21:24:16 IST
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Kerala floods updates: 11 deaths in Malappuram landslides take toll to 67; fresh rains ravage parts of state

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18:30 (ist)

Kerala techies launch portal to facilitate relief measures 

The Kerala chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an organization of professionals with the support of IT Mission, has launched a web portal called Keralarescue.in, to help coordinate the various rescue and relief operations being carried out by various NGOs, citizen initiatives, government agencies, army and navy, The Times of India reported.  The website, available in English and Kannada, facilitates effective collaboration and communication between various government departments, voluntary organisations and public and also lets people raise a request for help. 

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Aug 15, 2018 - 22:41 (IST)

25 killed in Kerala today with 11 deaths reported from Malappuram alone 

According to latest reports, the toll in rain-related incidents since 8 August mounted to 67 with 25 deaths reported today, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Eleven deaths were reported from Malappuram alone, officials said. 

Aug 15, 2018 - 22:14 (IST)

Indian Navy deploys 21 teams for relief operations in Kerala

Indian Navy today said it has deployed 21 rescue and diving teams with inflatable 'Gemini' boats as the flood situation further worsened across Kerala on Wednesday due to the heavy rains.
 
 
"A total of four teams went out today to augment those already deployed. More than 81 people were rescued, many of whom were also provided food and shelter by setting up a rescue camp," the Southern Naval Command said in a release. Overall, five naval teams with an equal number of Gemini boats have been deployed at different places in Wayanad district, it said. 

Aug 15, 2018 - 22:12 (IST)

Ramamurthy Mandapam in the foothills of Sabarimala submerged 

According to The Hinduat least 13 people were stranded on the first floor of the Annadana Mandapam at the badly flooded Pampa Manalpuram in the foothills of Sabarimala. The newspaper reported that the PC Ramamurthy Mandapam is completely inundated with the flood waters of the Pampa in spate. The also report said that four tractors also have been washed away by the strong currents. 

Aug 15, 2018 - 21:23 (IST)

Tamil Nadu agrees to draw more water from Mullaperiyar Dam after Centre's intervention

The Tamil Nadu government has agreed to draw more water from the Mullaperiyar Dam, following neighbouring Kerala's request and Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention. 

Pinarayi Vijayan said that he had written to the Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami to decrease the water level to 139 feet as there is heavy downpour in the catchment areas of the dam. The decrease in the water level was important to prevent the situation of a sudden release of water in large volumes, which will result in widespread damage. 

The Tamil Nadu government finally agreed to withdraw more water after Vijayan asked Centre to intervene and Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu chief secretary. 

Aug 15, 2018 - 21:06 (IST)

Visuals from a water-logged Cochin Airport that shut operations till Saturday

Aug 15, 2018 - 20:57 (IST)

Hundreds of people marooned in Pathanamthitta 

The spate in the Pampa river has marooned hundreds of families in Pathanamthitta district. The Kerala government has requested Indian Airforce to airlift all the residents to safety from many places in Ranni and Kozhencherry towns in the district. Many people are forced to camp on their terraces even as water keeps rising

Several places in Pathanamthitta district, have no electricity which has made rescue operations very difficult.

Aug 15, 2018 - 20:49 (IST)

Exams in Kerala schools cancelled due to unprecedented flood situation 

The Kerala government has postponed Onam examinations scheduled to be held from 31 August in the schools following the heavy rains. Director of Public instructions said that the decision as many schools were being used as relief camps. He said that the revised schedule will be announced later. The Kerala government has already announced cancellation of the state Onam celebrations.

Aug 15, 2018 - 20:46 (IST)

State transport buses completely submerged at Ranni in Pathanamthitta district

Image courtesy: Naveen Nair

Aug 15, 2018 - 20:40 (IST)

More rainfall in catchment area of dam reservoirs

According to reports, more rainfall has been recorded in the catchment areas of Mullaperiyar dam reservoirs. This will mean higher water level in the dams, following which more water will have to be released downstream. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said: "There is heavy downpour in the catchment areas of the dam. To prevent the situation of a sudden release of water in large volumes, which will result in widespread damage, water levels must be lowered immediately."

Aug 15, 2018 - 20:31 (IST)

Pinarayi Vijayan asks Centre for additional teams of army, NDRF; seeks navy's help in evacuation

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to send additional teams of Indian Army, NDRF and Army Engineering Corps to the state to help with the relief and rescue operations. In a tweet, Vijayan's office said that a C-17 aircraft and more dinghy boats were also requested for transporting equipment to the affected areas. 

Kerala Floods Latest Updates: The Tamil Nadu government has agreed to draw more water from the Mullaperiyar Dam, following neighbouring Kerala's request and Home Minister Rajnath Singh's intervention

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to send additional teams of Indian Army, NDRF and Army Engineering Corps to the state to help with the relief and rescue operations. In a tweet, Vijayan's office said that a C-17 aircraft and more dinghy boats were also requested for transporting equipment to the affected areas. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan briefed the Kerala Governor about the losses suffered by the state due to the present heavy rains, floods, landslides and the rising water level in various dams and the relief and rescue measures being taken by the government. He informed Governor P Sathasivam that the state government was keeping close vigil on the situation and that the disaster management authority of the State was working in co-ordination with all other departments of the state and central forces such as Indian Army, navy, air force, coast guard and NDRF. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to his Tamil Nadu counterpart, E Palaniswami seeking his intervention in lowering the water level in the Tamil Nadu-managed Mullaperiyar Dam. Currently, the water level in Mullaperiyar Dam has reached 142 feet. The Kerala chief minister asked that it should be lowered till at least 139 feet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, spoke to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the phone, asking about the flood situation in the state. Modi later tweeted about his interaction with Vijayan and said that the central government will provide all assistance needed to tackle the natural disaster.

The Kerala Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has informed that the discharge of water from Idukki dam will be increased to 1500 cumecs at 5 pm. I was increased from 1300 cumecs at 3 pm to 1400 cumecs at 4 pm

Unceasing heavy rains battered Kerala on Wednesday killing eight more people and taking the death toll to 47 since August 8, forcing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seek generous public contributions to battle the worst floods in nearly a century.

Of the 14 districts, as many as 11 including Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta, Kannur and Ernakulam are on red alert, an official euphemism to mean that huge devastation was expected. The Cochin airport was shut till Saturday after flood waters entered the complex.

Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts are on orange alert, asking the authorities and people to be prepared as there was a higher likelihood of bad weather.

Kerala floods updates 11 deaths in Malappuram landslides take toll to 67 fresh rains ravage parts of state

11 of 14 Kerala districts are on red alert following heavy rainfall. Image Courtesy: Naveen Nair

Those reported dead on Wednesday included a couple in Malappuram who were crushed after their house crumbled. Their six-year-old child is missing.

A person died in a Munnar lodge as it crashed. A 70-year-old woman near Pathanamthitta was electrocuted as her house was submerged. Landslides in Malappuram claimed lives too.

In a first, sluice gates of 33 dams across Kerala have been opened, following incessant rains since late Tuesday. More rains have been forecast till Saturday.

More and more people are pouring into relief camps, including those who had earlier returned to their homes in Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts.

The capital district on Wednesday witnessed heavy rains, submerging several low lying areas. Officials hurriedly opened 14 relief camps.

The famed tourist destination in Munnar has been closed for traffic, following flooding at the Old Munnar town.

The Sabarimala temple has warned pilgrims not to reach the shrine in view of the surging river waters in the vicinity.

Although special prayers were listed for Wednesday, the temple was closed to devotees as the river Pamba was in spate.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Vijayan took the Independence Day salute despite rains here and urged everyone to contribute generously to overcome the challenge of the floods and its destruction.

The Idukki dam floodgates were reopened late on Tuesday as the water level in the Periyar river and its tributaries flowing through Ernakulam and Thrissur districts rose menacingly.

The shutters of the Mullaperiyar dam were opened at 2.35 a.m. after its water level crossed 140 feet.

People living in and around the dam were evacuated late on Tuesday.

The Cochin International Airport was on Wednesday closed till Saturday afternoon after water released from the Idukki dam flooded the area.

Airport Director A.C.K. Nair called the development "unprecedented".

"Why we decided to take this step is because since last night dams like Idukki, Mullaperiyar, Idamalayar have opened their shutters. The water released reaches the Periyar river and one of its tributaries flows close to the airport and it is overflowing, sending the waters to our operational area," said Nair.

He pointed out that with more rains predicted in the coming days, it was decided to close down the airport operations.

"Once the water recedes, it will take us 24 hours to clean up the area. Then only flights will resume. As of now we have decided to close down the airport till 2 p.m. of August 18," said Nair.

Cochin airport is one of the three international airports in the state, besides being the busiest.

The heaviest rains and floods since 1924 have caused massive destruction. Over 50,000 people are in relief camps and the damage to crops and properties is estimated to be over Rs 8,000 crore.

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