USA issues warning to citizens after Kerala floods

USA issues warning to citizens after Kerala floods

USA issues warning to citizens after Kerala floods

Wayanad received the maximum total rainfall of 170.9 mm. With this, 800 cumecs of water is flowing out of the dam per second.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 2,401.60 ft against a full reservoir level of 2,403 ft.

"If the rain continues, the other shutters will also be opened".

Five An-32 transport aircraft were deployed to transport National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and their equipment from Arakkonam to Calicut, an IAF spokesperson said.

With the shutters lifted, water in Periyar, the second largest river in the state, rose to unsafe levels.

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A red alert has been issued for Idukki and its adjoining districts.

Informing reporters that there is a need to release more water from the Idukki dam in the wake of increase in the water level, he said, "It is essential to release water three times than what was being released now". During the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Wednesday, Wayanad recorded a whopping 471 mm of rainfall, Palakkad witnessed a massive 214 mm of rain, Kodagu saw 140 mm rains, Punalur witnessed 66 mm rain, Thiruvananthapuram 56 mm, Alappuzha 50 mm, Kozhikode 41 mm of rains, and Kottayam 38 mm.

Top elected state official Pinarayi Vijayan says the flood situation has become "very grim" with the opening of sluice gates of almost two dozen overflowing water reservoirs. "People living in downstream areas of these dams must be cautious", a tweet by the Chief Minister's Office said later. Some houses on the banks of the river were flooded.

According to KSEB officers, the Idukki dam is receiving an inflow of 455 cumecs on Friday morning, while the outflow is only 125 cumecs. The decision was taken keeping in mind the flooding that took place back in 2013.

Meanwhile, Cheruthoni police have diverted vehicle traffic on Kattappana Road through Karimban - Thopramkudi road as the bridge at Cheruthoni may submerge if more water is released.

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"The flood has caused large-scale damage across the state".

According to state disaster control room, 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas to 241 relief camps across the state.

The Idukki dam's waters are expected to reach densely populated urban pockets like Ernakulam and Aluva, where Kochi airport lies, by noon. Idukki district remained on alert following a series of landslips in the hilly areas.

The United States has asked its citizens not to visit Kerala. Offered all possible assistance to those affected.

Earlier on Friday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the flood situation and relief works being undertaken by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the NDRF.

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