Heavy rains across Kerala, Idukki Dam opens after 26 years
Heavy rains are lashing across Kerala with over 20 people being killed and more than 6 injured in different parts of the state. Idukki Dam was opened on Thursday afternoon after 26 years due to its rising water levels. The dam was opened on a trial run basis before a red alert that will be issued if the water level rises further! People living in nearby areas were already evacuated two to three days back.
Keralites had just breathed a sigh of relief from the intense monsoon which took a backseat last week. But looks like, it is not yet over! Weather forecasters have confirmed that heavy rains are going to continue in the state for another one more week. This year, Kerala has already received 15% more rainfall than the allowed limits.
While many people died in landslides in Wayanad and Idukki, others died in various rain related accidents. The police have opened a control room where people in distress can call for urgent help.
The state government have already deployed air force and navy to handle crisis situations. Rescue boats have also been stationed in low lying areas of Ernakulam district where water from Idukki dam passes by.
Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has asked people to be on high alert, especially tourists who are visiting the state.