Kerala floods: Water level of Idukki dam recedes, Rajnath to survey affected areas today

Kerala floods: Water level of Idukki dam recedes, Rajnath to survey affected areas today


As many as 37 people have lost their lives in flooding and landslides across state.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 6 am today, the water level of Idukki dam was at 2399.46 ft
  • The state, however, is still on high alert
  • Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall for the next four days

The water level of Idukki dam reduced below 2,400 feet on Sunday following a brief let-up in the downpour in Kerala. The state, however, is still on high alert as Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall for the next four days. As many as 37 people have lost their lives in flooding and landslides, due to heavy rainfall over the past few days.

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

  • As of 6 am today, the water level of Idukki dam was at 2399.46 feet. Though there was some respite from rain across the state, especially in catchment areas of Idukki dam. The Meteorological Department issued a red alert, asking people to be cautious as there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram.

Relief works are being undertaken by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the NDRF.

  • Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan undertook an aerial survey of rain affected areas of Idukki and Wayanad yesterday. He said Kerala is in the midst of an “unprecedented flood havoc” and the calamity has caused “immeasurable misery and devastation.”
  • Kerala government announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to people who lost their homes and land and Rs 4 lakh to those who lost a member of their family.

A total of 35,874 people have been put up in 341 relief camps across Kerala.

  • Two fishermen drowned yesterday when their boat capsized off Thiruvananthapuram coast. In another incident, bodies of two women were found in a waterlogged area behind their house at Kuttanad in Alappuzha district. Four more bodies were recovered from other parts of the state, taking the death toll to 37.
  • A total of 35,874 people have been put up in 341 relief camps across Kerala, officials at the state Disaster Management control room said. Crops across 1,301 hectares have been destroyed.

(Photo via Twitter/CMO Kerala)

  • According to Indian National Centre for Ocean information services, there is a possibility of flooding in low-lying coastal areas in Kerala, especially during high tide timings due to ‘Perigean spring tides’ from August 11-15.
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake an aerial survey of some flood-hit areas and hold discussions with the Chief Minister at Kochi today.

(With inputs from PTI)

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