27 dead in Kerala rains, 2 more Idukki shutters opened

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"Water levels in rivers are on the rise.Thus, there is a need to open the shutters of many dams", the chief minister said.

Flash floods have claimed at least 27 lives in the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Friday, prompting the USA to advise its citizens to stay away from the tourist hot-spot.

However, in 1992, all the three shutters was opened in the month of October. The minister said the shutters were only opened for a few hours to release the pressure and there was no reason for panic. Similarly, Kollam, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad districts received more than seven times their normal rain.

An alert has been issued to people living in the downstream areas and on the banks of Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers.

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The monsoon, which lasts roughly from June to September, has claimed more than 70 lives across the state this year and damaged crops worth millions of dollars.

Water from the dam would be let into Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers. Past year around 1,200 people perished.

The release of the Idamalayar dam resulted in the flooding of low laying districts as well. Today, two more gates of one of the dams of the reservoir were opened to control the swelling water which is nearing the full capacity. The inmates of these houses were shifted to relief camps. We have helped the people in shifting to relief camps set up in Munnar as the water level rose in Cherurhoni due to heavy downpour. As per the reports, CM said that he has also spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM H. D. Kumaraswamy and has brief them about the "grim" flood situation in the state. As the water level in the dam has touched 2401 feet, more water has to be released to avoid overflowing.

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

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The government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cancelled all official events and is monitoring the floods situation.

According to officials from the state disaster management unit, six more people died since Thursday, taking the flood toll to 30. Offered all possible assistance to those affected.

The Army and National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in affected areas in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram districts to assist the civil administration in the rescue operations, officials said. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity", the PM said in a tweet.

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