Kerala: For the first time in 26 years, the Idukki dam is opened as the water level rose to just below 2399 feet in the reservoir which is just 4 feet below the full capacity.
At 12.30 pm on Thursday, the dam was opened 50 centimeters to let the water out. The trial run is being closely monitored by the KSDMA and KSEB (Kerala State Electricity Board). This has forced many families to move to nearby safer places as they are in danger of being inundated by the unprecedented rainfall and floods.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been moved to Kozhikode due to heavy rains which are in and around the neighboring districts.
Four columns of the Navy and Air Force have been deployed to handle any crisis situation. Rescue boats have been stationed to undertake operations in the low-lying areas of Ernakulam which are prone to flooding, CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced via Facebook.
Speaking to media after the emergency meet, Vijayan said rains have caused extensive damage to life and properties across the state. "We have sought six additional teams of National Disaster Response Force," he added. "As we speak, the trial run of opening one shutter of the Idukki dam might have taken place," he said.
Death toll rises to 22
At least 22 people are killed in rain-related deaths from Kerala in the last 24 hours. A vigorous southwest monsoon has left a trial of destruction in the southern state.
Of the total deaths, 11 people died Idukki, five from Malappuram, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode. Four teams from the National Disaster Response Force have left Chennai for Kerala to undergo the relief and rescue operations. The central government is also sending in an inter-ministerial team for visiting the vulnerable locations, while the army troops are also sent from Bengaluru to the affected places.
With water levels reaching its full capacity, at least 22 reservoirs are opened to drain the excess water.
However, the Met department has predicted more rains for the next two days. Officials have predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall on Thursday and heavy rainfall on Friday.
Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and other affected areas due to unprecedented rains.