All 5 gates of Idukki Dam opened as Kerala battles unending rains

Kerala flood Situation gets worse 33 died 6 missing

Heavy rains and the rise in water levels in Periyar river due to Idamalayar dam opening its shutters led to spillage of water at CIAL premises.

At 12.30 p.m., after a gap of 26 years, one shutter of the Idukki dam was opened as part of a trial run and to assess the flow of water.

In addition to a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Chennai, Army personnel and men from Defence Security Corps from Kannur have landed in the district for relief and rescue operations. Heavy rainfall is expected in the next 24 hours in several districts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the Kerala Chief Minister yesterday in the wake of heavy rains and floods in the state, and offered all possible assistance to those affected.

More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days, the government said.

The government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

As a precaution, the Cochin International Airport Limited has informed that till 2.30 p.m. all incoming flights will be diverted to other destinations, while there will be no problem for outgoing flights. All passenger trains on the Kanjikode-Walayar stretch in the Palakkad-Podanur section were disrupted because of the rain. A fix work is underway and is expected to be complete by Thursday. Red alert was issued to make necessary preparations for the authorities for evacuation of people in vulnerable areas in case of a water surge. The dam will be opened on Friday morning to maintain the water level.

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

Earlier, the Ernakulam district administration conducted a review of the situation at the airport after the water level in a canal near it started rising.

The shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened at 5 am with the released water flowing all the way down to Ernakulam district and swelling the Periyar river and the adjoining Aluva town. The situation is being closely monitored.

"The water level in Edamalayar dam is under control".

Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "Help has been sought from Army, Navy, NDRF".

The India Meteorological Centre's regional office in Thiruvananthapuram has predicted heavy downpour for two more days in the area. Four naval teams and a Sea King helicopter were sent to Wayanad to evacuate stranded people.

Educational institutions have been shut down in six districts and people have been advised to avoid travelling to hilly areas of the state, the Hindustan Times reported.

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