Church in India's Kerala state aiding people affected by rains, floods, landslides

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The team would conduct aerial survey of the entire eastern stretch of the State and will visit the worst-hit areas in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Ernakulam. 29 persons lost their lives and 58,000 persons are shifted to relief camps. The South-West monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala, resulting in heavy rains in various parts of the state for the last two days.

Eight villages have been affected due to the release of water from the dam and almost 1,000 people shifted to 20 relief camps, official sources said. "People living in downstream areas of these dams must be cautious", a tweet by the Chief Minister's Office said later.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy discussed the situation in Kerala with Vijayan and has allocated Rs 10 crore for disaster management, Manorama Online reported.The Edappadi K Palaniswami-led Tamil Nadu government also agreed to release 75,000 cusecs of water from Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district, to tackle flash floods caused by excessive backwaters in Kerala.

Ernakulam District administration officials said over 2,300 people living on the banks of Periyar river have been shifted to 38 camps opened in view of rising water level following release of water from Cheruthoni and Idamalayar dams.

Many areas like Ganesh Nagar have been affected, especially low-lying areas in the district and the surrounding areas next to Kalpathy river.

Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern Indian state of Kerala with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps. The airport operations may be affected if the water level in the Periyar river rises beyond 3 feet, officials said. Only one shutter of the dam was opened releasing 82 cusecs of water.

One of the five shutters of a large reservoir in the mountainous Idukki district was opened for the first time in 26 years. The relief and rescue ops are going on. Bridges have been constructed to evacuate stranded people in various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad areas, and rescue operations are now underway.

"The operational area is intact". The shutters of a total of 24 dams, including the Cheruthoni dam on Idukki reservoir, have been opened this monsoon to drain out excess water from the catchment areas. "No cancellation of services so far", an airport spokesperson said. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have spoken to the chief minister, assuring the state government of all help from the Centre.

In Palakkad district, the flood waters have started receding today as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam has been reduced and Palakkad town is limping back to normal.