Kerala received 316% more rainfall than normal on August 8: IMD


Kerala received 316% more rainfall than normal on August 8: IMD

The government of Kerala in an official statement on Friday evening has reported that the death toll due to the incessant rains witnessed in the state for the last three days has risen to 29.

At least 29 deaths have been reported and almost 54,000 people have been rendered homeless as incessant rain continues to lash almost half of Kerala.

One shutter was opened on Friday after a gap of 26 years.

The Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery resumed flight operations after it was halted as a precautionary measure after the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were opened.

All four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were also opened.

In the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, a red alert has been announced till August 11.

"Kerala has received 17 percent more rainfall so far during the current season compared with a year ago", K. Santhosh, Kerala director of India's Meteorological Department, told Reuters.

With the shutters lifted, water in Periyar, the second largest river in the state, rose to unsafe levels.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had described the flood situation in the state as "very grim" and it was for the first time in the history of the state that 24 dams had been opened at a time following the water level reaching maximum capacity. "At least 4,000 people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated to relief camps".

Currently, Monsoon surge is active over the state of Kerala as a cyclonic circulation is seen over Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area in the mid-levels.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy discussed the situation in Kerala with Vijayan and has allocated Rs 10 crore for disaster management, Manorama Online reported.The Edappadi K Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government also agreed to release 75,000 cusecs of water from Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district, to tackle flash floods caused by excessive backwaters in Kerala.

The deluge has ravaged several districts of the state, with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) working in a fire-fighting mode.

Father Abhilash Chirambikkunnel, an official of Thamaraserry Diocese, said officials were providing schools and other church institutions to accommodate people in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.

It has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites in the state.

India's home minister Rajnath Singh, who is in touch with Vijayan plans to visit the flood affected areas of the state on August 12. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. "As the situation is improved we are resuming all operations from 3.05 pm today", a CIAL spokesperson said on Thursday.