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Kerala: IMD issues Orange alert in 11 districts as torrential rain continues to batter state

Meanwhile, with relentless rainfall, flooding and landslides in Kerala claiming at least 27 lives so far, the state police on Tuesday issued an advisory asking people not to jump into rivers to catch fish.

Kerala IMD issues Orange alert in 11 districts as torrential rain continues to batter state-dnm
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Thiruvananthapuram, First Published Oct 19, 2021, 8:29 PM IST
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The India Meteorological Department has issued an Orange alert for 11 districts of Kerala indicating incessant rainfall after a relative respite of two days.

Meanwhile, with relentless rainfall, flooding and landslides in Kerala claiming at least 27 lives so far, the state police on Tuesday issued an advisory asking people not to jump into rivers to catch fish.

The dam authorities in the state have taken cognizance of the situation arising out of the torrential rainfall.

The shutters of the Idukki Dam were opened at 11 am amid the rising in water level, news agency ANI reported. Two shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened for 50 cm each at 6 am.

As a precautionary measure, water was released from the Idukki reservoir at 11 am today as Kerala's largest reservoir, which accounts for over 93% of its live storage capacity, is rapidly filling up after heavy rain.

The decision to open the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, as well as the Idamalayar and Pamba dams, on Tuesday was taken by a high-level committee appointed by the state government to look into the technical aspects of the water level in the dams and the impact it would have on settlements alongside the rivers.

Kerala has been ravaged by heavy downpour and subsequent landslides. As per the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), the number of rain-related deaths in Kerala from October 12 to October 18 stood at 38.

During the same period, at least 90 houses have been destroyed in the rains while 702 have been partially damaged.

The rain-related incidents have claimed 14 lives in the Kottayam district, 10 in Idukki district, and one each in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts, ANI reported.

Nearly 10,000 people have been moved to 247 relief camps across the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed that the relief camps should have adequate facilities.

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