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27 dead as heavy rains trigger landslides and flash floods in Kerala

27 dead as heavy rains trigger landslides and flash floods in Kerala

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been sent to Kozhikode as the heavy rainfall caused a flood-like situation in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.

An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government is also visiting flood-affected areas, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state.

According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas. It has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites in the state.

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. A road was washed away in floods in Malappuram.

Heavy rain damaged a section of railway tracks between Kanjikode and Walayar. Train services have been temporarily suspended on this line. A fix work is underway and is expected to be complete by Thursday. As many as 22 reservoirs, including the largest one in Idukki, have been opened so far, flooding several parts of the state.

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The decision to lift the shutter by 50 cm was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the morning after the water level in the reservoir touched 2,398.80 feet. A good eight hours after the trial opening of the shutter, the water level had surged past 2,400.

With water levels rising in various dams and reaching nearly their maximum capacity, Idamalayar dam shutters in Ernakulam and Kakkayam dam shutters in Kozhikode have also been opened today, due to incessant rains. The situation is being closely monitored. TOI Photo However, the water level in the dam continued rose to touch 2401.34 feet at 10 am on Friday.

The district administration has issued an alert to the public in the wake of water level rising in rivers and streams. The state has sought six more NDRF teams to be deployed, said the Chief Minister.

Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and other districts due to the incessant rains.