Cochin (NM Bureau): The death toll in the flood in the southern most province of Kerala reached 27 with the government pressing for the deployment of Army and Navy in relief operations. The death toll has been mostly caused due to landslides in the hilly Idukki district and northern parts of Kerala. The strategically important Idukki dam has to opened after 26 years and with the water level at the dam fast rising, two more shutters of the dam were also opened, said the Kerala government.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had yesterday described the situation in the state as 'very grim'. Centre has rushed Army for relief operation in the province.The provincial government has sought help from people to contribute for the relief operations for the affected.Superstar Mohanlal took to Twitter too appreciate the Indian Army for its relief operations. One of the busiest airports in Kerala, Cochin International Airport stopped take off and landing for flights yesterday after its runaways were flooded.
With an increase in water levels due to continued rains, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water. Considering the rain situation, all educational institutions including professional colleges in Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva and Paravur taluks of Ernakulam district have been given a holiday today. More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days.