Death toll touches 29, red alert in 8 districts

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state

Read Also:Kerala: Rains wreak havoc; CM Pinarayi Vijayan calls situation "very grave"; Cochin airport closes arrival operations "The Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the flood situation", a tweet from the home minister's office said.

The June-September rains in Kerala state have cost 175 lives and damaged crops worth 3.42 billion rupees ($49.81 million) across 26,824 hectares (66,284 acres) since their onset on May 29, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), who did not wish to be identified, said.

"As we speak, the trial run of opening one shutter of the Idukki dam might have taken place", Vijayan said. This will raise the water level in Periyar river and its subsidiaries.

The CIAL is situated close to the river. The red alert will be in force at Wayanad till August 14 and in Idukki till August 13; other districts will be on alert till Sunday morning. As many as 24 reservoirs across the state have been opened because of the heavy downpours and rising water levels. One of its shutters was opened on Thursday after a gap of 26 years.

People living downstream of Periyar and Cheruthoni rivers have been warned that there is a possibility of inundation of banks as torrential rain pounded the state for the second day in a row.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here, the South west monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala with Nilambur in Malappuram district receiving "exceptionally heavy rainfall" of 40 cmand Mananthavadyin Waynad 31 cm in the last 24 hours ending 8 am today.

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The authorities opened the gates of the Idamalayar dam on the morning of August 9 as the water breached its maximum height of 169 meters.

Kerala rain live updates After reviewing the flood situation late on Friday evening, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan deputed two IAS officers - Mohammed Haneesh and MG Rajamanickam - to coordinate relief measures in Ernakulam. Five people of a family were killed in a landslide in Idukki.

Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the locals and police in a nearby town, they said.

Even after continuous water release, the level continued to remain at 169.83 m, over the full reservoir limit of 169 m pointing towards increased water flow from its catchment areas.

A view of the Idukki Dam as water level continued to rise in the reservoir in Iduki dam area of Kerala on 10 August 2018. The administration has been put on high-alert. Two teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala.

Now, as per weathermen at Skymet Weather, moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue over the state of Kerala for another 24 hours, thereafter, rain intensity will reduce significantly, however, on and off rains will continue.

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