New Delhi, Aug 10: At least 27 people were killed as heavy rains and landslides hit parts of Kerala. All schools and colleges in Idukki, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will be closed today. Red Alert is issued in Idukki, Wayanad. Reportedly, the Idukki dam gate will reopen again. Famous Shiva Temple in Aluva is also submerged.
According to the disaster control room sources, 10 people were killed in landslides in Idukki, five in Malappuram, two in Kannur and one in Wayanad district. Three persons are missing — one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.
Five members of a family had lost their lives in Idukki’s Adimali town. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the local people and police.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called Kerala Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan. He tweeted, “Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity.”
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had directed for relief material worth Rs 10 crore and a team of doctors to be sent to Kerala. Help in the form of armed forces is also at hand.
The Kerala state electricity board had issued the third red alert in Idukki reservoir. The dam will be opened today morning to maintain the water level. On Thursday, arrival operations at the Cochin International Airport Limited were suspended for about two hours from 1 PM in view of possible inundation in the airport area following a rising water level in the Periyar river. The airport is situated close to the river.
Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team had been moved to Kozhikode.