Kerala floods: 39 dead but water level in Idukki dam recedes

Kerala floods: 39 dead but water level in Idukki dam recedes


The Centre has also announced an additional relief of Rs 100 crore.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kerala is facing worst flood crisis since 1924
  • Ten out of the total 14 districts in the state have been badly affected
  • CM Vijayan said nearly 20,000 houses have been fully damaged

The death toll in Kerala has risen to 39 after heavy rainfall over the past few days. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who made an aerial survey of two rain-ravaged districts yesterday, said the situation in the state is “very serious”. The Centre has also announced an additional relief of Rs 100 crore.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state suffered an overall loss of Rs 8,316 crore in the floods.

Here’s what we know so far about the situation in Kerala:

  • Kerala has suffered an overall loss of Rs 8,316 crore due to floods. This figure is according to a preliminary assessment of the situation, based on which a memorandum has also been submitted to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Indian Army built a 40 feet improvised foot over bridge using local resources in in Malappuram to rescue people. (Photo: Twitter/ADG PI – Indian Army)

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the state government of all help from the Centre to meet the challenges posed by the unprecedented floods in Kerala. “The Central government stands firmly with the state government in this situation,” Rajnath said yesterday at a relief camp in Ernakulam district.
  • The water level of the Idukki dam has receded below 2,400 feet mark. As of 5 am today, the water level of the Idukki dam was at 2397.94 feet. The maximum depth of the dam is 2,403 feet. All the five gates of the dam located across the Periyar were opened on August 10 for the first time in history.
  • Kerala CM Vijayan said that nearly 20,000 houses have been fully damaged while nearly 10,000 km of state PWD roads have been damaged in the Kerala floods.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that passports damaged in floods in Kerala will be replaced free of cost by the government. “There are unprecedented floods in Kerala causing huge damage. We have decided that as the situation becomes normal, passports damaged on account (of) floods shall be replaced free of charge. Please contact the concerned Passport Kendras,” Swaraj tweeted.
  • Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin also announced Rs 1 crore flood relief to the Kerala government, on behalf of his party. Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami had, on August 9, announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore to rain-ravaged Kerala as a mark of support to the neighbouring state.

NDRF team carrying out rescue operation at Uppthodu village of Idduki district. (Photo: Twitter/NDRF)

  • According to the latest official figures, more than 60,000 people have been lodged in various relief camps across 14 districts.
  • Kerala is going through its worst flood crisis since 1924. Ten out of the total 14 districts in the state have been badly affected.

(With inputs from Gopi Unnithan and PTI)

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