Incessant rainfall in several parts of Kerala has snuffed out 29 lives in at least six districts. Several regions are experiencing flash floods and landslides, especially after 24 reservoirs, including the Idukki dam, were opened in an "unprecedented" development.
Here are the LIVE updates:
- A Bridge was constructed by Defence Security Corps as a part of flood relief in Wayanad's Iritty, reported ANI.
- Red alert has been issued for several districts.
- Aerial view of a flooded Kerala.
- Financial aid has been announced for the affected people.
- NDRF teams carry out rescue ops.
- Union Minister KJ Alphons on Kerala floods.
11 out of 14 districts of Kerala are under water. Govt of India has sent armed forces & they have been on ground for past 3 days & have been helping state govt administration. NDRF teams have also been sent. PM has also spoken to CM about this: Union Min KJ Alphons #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/u5TzKCsPaD— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2018
- A view of a relief camp in Kerala.
- Vijayan has contributed Rs 1 lakh to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).
CM Pinarayi Vijayan has contributed ₹1 lakh to CMDRF. Kerala is facing an unprecedented rain havoc. Rebuilding the affected areas is going to be an arduous task. CM has urged all to contribute generously to relief efforts. #KeralaFloods2018 #KeralaFloodRelief— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 11, 2018
- The death toll has increased to 30.
- Indian Navy's southern command has launched 'Operation Madad' to rescue the affected people.
- At least five columns of Army have been deployed in the severely-hit northern districts like Wayanad, Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Palakkad, to evacuate the residents and also make makeshift bridges.
- He has landed in Wayanad.
- The CM has taken to Twitter to post latest updates on his visit to the affected areas.
- Here's a visual of the CM conducting the aerial survey.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s visit to the flood affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram has started. Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, are accompanying him. pic.twitter.com/Zh1M0rK3si— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 11, 2018
- The CM has left to conduct aerial survey of flood affected areas.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan conducted aerial survey of flood affected areas of the state, leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala is also with him. They were supposed to land at Kattappana in Idukki but were forced to move to Wayanad due to bad weather conditions. #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/TtbVF4mSqW— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 2018
- The Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said on Friday that he will visit tomorrow the flood affected areas of Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan and leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala will also be accompanying him.
- As of Saturday morning (August 11), there are no signs of water level receding in the Idukki reservoir. The water level of the dam, reported at 6 am today, is 2401.16 feet with its full reserve level being 2403 feet.
- Here are a few visuals of a flooded Wayanad.
- The torrential rainfall has rendered 54,000 people homeless.
- India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that the southern state will receive heavy rains for the next 48 hours. The state government has also issued a red alert for worst affected areas.
- On Friday (August 10), as the water lever in Idukki reservoir kept rising, all 5 shutters of Cheruthoni Dam were opened. People in Cheruthoni town had been evacuated. The bridge in the town, connecting north and south Idukki district, has been flooded due to incessant heavy rainfall in the region, reported ANI.
- Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked took to Twitter to warn the people living in the downstream areas of the dam to be cautious.
The trial run of the Idukki dam shutter opening will continue at the same rate through the night. 24 dams have been opened so far, which is unprecedented and is telling of the seriousness of the situation. People living in the downstream areas of these dams must be cautious. pic.twitter.com/6NSc0aFQst— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 9, 2018
- However, later that evening the water level had gone way past 2,399 ft, which led the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to keep the trial run on through the night.
- A warning had been issued earlier on Thursday (August 9) by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) in Idukki as the authorities lifted the middle shutter of the dam by 50 cms on a test basis for four hours. This released up to 50,000 litres of water per second.