Southern Naval Command Undertakes Operation Madad To Help Flood Affected In Kerala

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New Delhi: Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi since August 9, 2018 has launched operation ‘Madad’ for assisting the state administration and undertaking disaster relief operations due to the unprecedented flooding experienced in many parts of Kerala, owing to incessant rainfall and release of excess water from Idukki and other dams.

Dams and rivers overflowed, parts of highways collapsed, and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala on Friday in the third day of heavy downpour that has claimed the lives of 30 people and left nearly 54,000 homeless.

The flooding became more intense after all five gates of the Idukki dam were opened and shutters of more than two dozen dams were lifted, making the Periyar river swell further. The rains had already increased its flow. Almost all 40-odd rivers in the state are in spate, officials said.

Ten districts have been put on red alert due to the possibility of more water being released from the Idukki Reservoir. These include: Wayanad, Idukki, Alappuzha,Kottayam, Ernakulam,Palakkad,  Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kollam and Pathanamthitta. Kerala Government has given permissions to District Collectors to hire a necessary number of bulldozers, generators and lights in relief operations.

 The officials were instructed to provide food, water, clothes and toilet facilities for the people staying in relief camps. The service of doctors has been ensured in the camps. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the situation as "very grim" with army columns being deployed at Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad. At least 26 people have died in Kerala due to heavy rains and landslides, the Home Ministry said. 

Five members of a family lost their lives in Idukki's Adimali town. Two persons were pulled out alive from the debris by the local people and police. Around 600 cusecs of water were discharged from the Idamalayar dam this morning, with the water level rising to 169.95 metres against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 169m. The water level at Idukki dam was 2,398 at 8 am, 50 feet against the FRL of 2,403 feet. The administration has been put on high-alert.

Heavy rains for the past two days and release of water from the Idamalayar dam yesterday, resulted into localised flooding in low-lying areas in the northern districts of Kerala. The flood water also triggered landslides at some places.

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