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Death toll touches 29, red alert in 8 districts

Death toll touches 29, red alert in 8 districts

Meanwhile, the United States had issued a travel alert and advised the U.S. citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flash floods. At least 29 people have died in rain, flood, and landslide-related incidents, while tens-of-thousands have been evacuated from affected areas. Some visuals from flood-affected areas of the coastal state. The South-West monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala, resulting in heavy rains in various parts of the state for the last two days. With the water level at the Idukki dam fast rising, two more shutters of the dam were also opened, said a Kerala Minister.

He, however, pointed out that there could be problem at some places in Ernakulam and its nearby areas, as the water released from the Idamalayar dam could reach these places.

Heavy rains have been lashing several parts of Kerala for the past few days, leading to a copious inflow into the state's reservoirs.

The Idukki district administration has restricted tourists from visiting hilly areas and movement of heavy goods carriers also has been restricted.

Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam said he discussed the flood situation in Kerala with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who assured him of all possible help.

Two NDRF teams from Vijayawada and two teams of Army Engineering Group from Bangalore and Hyderabad have been transported to Calicut, the spokesperson said. While the first shutter was opened on Thursday - the first time in 26 years - the remaining sluice gates were opened on Friday.

Now, as per weathermen at Skymet Weather, moderate to heavy rains are expected to continue over the state of Kerala for another 24 hours, thereafter, rain intensity will reduce significantly, however, on and off rains will continue.

Access to many of these places are hard and is affecting the rescue operations.

He also said that complete attention should now focus on rehabilitating people living in the low lying areas of Ernakulam district should it become necessary due to the water released from the Idukki dam.

The water level in Idukki at 5 pm stood at 2401.72 feet against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 2,403 feet.

The spillover is 10,594 cusecs with three shutters opened and one shutter lifted as high as 50 cm. The chief minister cancelled all his public functions till August 12, and said he will personally monitor the situation from the state capital.

Multiple columns of Indian Army, Air Force, Navy and ten teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed across Kerala for relief and rescue operations.

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