At least 60 tourists stranded at Kerala's Munnar resort after landslides

Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha

Kerala Monsoon: Hefty rains lash Wayanad, Palakkad, Punalur, Alappuzha

The number of people who have died in floods and landslides triggered by unprecedented levels of rain in Kerala climbed to at least 29, with dozens of others still missing.

Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan have set out from Thiruvananthapuram to survey the flood-affected areas of the State.

More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days, the government said.

In addition to this, the shutters of 22 reservoirs in Kerala has been opened up due tothe increasiong water levels in the state due to rain.

Looking at the heavy rain and the dams being opened Kochi airport has been shut down for arrivals amid fears that water will enter the airport area.

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

The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.

Opening of the Kakki, Cheruthoni, Idamalayar and Idukki reservoirs may lead to a rise in levels in rivers flowing through downstream districts.

The assurance was given by Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a telephonic conversation.

The situation is likely to worsen over the coming two days, according to K. Santhosh, Kerala director of the Indian Meteorological Department. The last time the dam shutters were opened in the year 1992.

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"The situation is grim, especially in the coastal parts of Kerala, given the continuous rains", P.H. Kurian, State Relief Commissioner and Convenor of KSDMA told Reuters.

The water level in the Idukki dam stood at 2,399.58 feet (in relation to mean sea level) at 4.30 pm today against the full reservoir level of 2,403 feet, prompting the authorities to issue the red alert, officials said. Out of the four shutters, only the second and third one has been kept open by one metre each while the first and fourth shutters has been closed reducing the spillway discharge by 200 cumecs.

The flood situation caused by the incessant rain and the opening of the Idukki-Cheruthoni dam shutters is affecting the functioning of banks too.

Five An-32 transport aircraft were deployed to transport National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and their equipment from Arakkonam to Calicut, an IAF spokesperson said.

Kochi in Ernakulam district is also bracing for floods as the water level in the Periyar river has been rising since the fourth sluice gate of the Idukki reservoir was opened.

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