Kerala: Death toll rises to 26, CM calls emergency meeting

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The Shiva temple in Kerala's Aluva district was nearly submerged under water following heavy rainfall on Thursday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "Help has been sought from Army, Navy, NDRF". An Inter-ministerial Central team is also visiting the flood-affected area and the Army support is being mobilized from Bengaluru, the statement said.

Earlier, Vijayan, while talking to media, said rains have caused extensive damage to life and property across the state.

The CIAL is situated close to the river. The operations, however, resumed later. The volume may be further doubled to 600 Cumecs or 6 lakh litres per seocond after reducing the release of water from Idamalayar dam.

The Idukki Dam's first gate was opened on August 9, marking the first time the reservoir's gates were opened in 26 years.

The opening of the dam shutters had resulted in an increase in the water level in the Periyar river.

Idukki district is the worst-hit along with Malappuram and has reported another rain-related death, taking the toll from flash floods and landslides to 27 in Kerala. Heavy rains lashing the Ernakulam district forced authorities to advance the opening of the Idamalayar dam on Thursday morning.

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Arrivals at Cochin International Airport halted after water released from Idukki dam, the report added.

Till now, at least 11 people have been reported dead in Idukki, six in Malappuram, two in Kozhikode, one in Wayanad and one in Thiruvananthapuram.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin at 8 am, thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds are likely to affect Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts.

Of the five family members who were buried under the debris in Idukki's Adimali town, two were pulled out alive by local people and police.

All four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were also opened.

Due to a steady rise in the water level in the Idukki reservoir, one of the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, one of the largest arch dams in Asia, was opened as part of a trial run.

Over 5,500 people from Wayanad district, where a red alert had been sounded on Thursday, have been shifted to relief camps, the sources said on Friday morning. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode while two more teams are on the way. "Educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed tomorrow", District Collector said.

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