Kerala Floods: Number Of Deaths Rises To 29, Army Rescues 54 Tourists

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People inspect a damaged car following a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Idukki

Heavy rains and landslides have resulted in 20 deaths across Kerala on Thursday. Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state.

At least 58 people were killed by flooding and house collapses in northern Uttar Pradesh state two weeks ago.

The death toll in rain-related incidents over the last 24 hours in Kerala reached 22 on Thursday as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan postponed Saturday's annual Nehru boat race in Alappuzha following forecast for more rains.

A high alert has been sounded in Idukki, where all the five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam on Idukki reservoir were opened to drain out excess water. Around 50 tourists, including 24 foreigners, who were trapped after a landslide near Plum Judy Resort at Pallivasal near Munnar were also rescued and moved to a safer place, PTIreported, quoting the state's Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.

For the next three days, the Met department has predicted heavy rains in the worst-affected districts of Idukki and Wayanad.

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Heavy and tourist vehicles have been banned in Idukki.

Two NDRF teams from Vijayawada and two teams of Army Engineering Group from Bangalore and Hyderabad have been transported to Calicut, the spokesperson said.

On Friday, all five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam was opened cutting the hill station from the rest of the world.

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. Only one shutter of the dam was opened releasing 82 cusecs of water.

An alert has been issued to people living in the downstream areas and on the banks of Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers.

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Several districts in the state have been receiving heavy rains since Wednesday.

"Despite that opening, there has been a steady inflow and now the water level in the dam stands at 2,401 metres". The chief minister cancelled all his public functions till August 12, and said he will personally monitor the situation from the state capital.

Access to many of these places are hard and is affecting the rescue operations. Many other people are injured or missing as rescue operations are underway by National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and military team.

According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas.

The discharge of water through spillway from the Idamalayar dam was progressively brought down from 500 cumecs to 400 cumecs on Friday morning with the water level in the reservoir and the FRL also getting narrowing down.

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