10 Points: 26 dead in Kerala rains, biggest number in 50 years

New Delhi, August 10, News24 Bureau: The waters have gone mad in Kerala with the current of the flood water creating havoc everywhere.  Massive rain fury continues in Kerala and now two more shutters of Idukki reservoir have been opened as the water level touched 2,401 feet. The navy, the army, the air force along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are working on evacuation and relief operations
Here are the 10 points on Kerala Rains:

 1. In the last 26 years, for the first time, a shutter of the Cheruthoni Dam has been opened yesterday and two more were opened at 7 am.
2. So far 26 people have been killed, including 11 in high-range Idukki in landslips yesterday because rain continued to pound the southern state.

3. Since last two days the South-west monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala resulting in heavy rains in various parts of the state.

4. Coast Guard and all the three defence forces have been roped in for relief efforts. Ten teams of the NDRF are involved in the relief operations.

5. So far 26 people have been killed, including 11 in high range Idukki in landslips yesterday as rain continued to pound the southern state.

6. According to latest figures Idukki has received 129.80 mm rainfall.

7. As water levels have been rising continuously with various dams reaching almost maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in the state have been opened to drain out excess water.

8. People are vacating their homes as flood water seems to have gone beserk. Locals in Idukki are being warned on public announcement system to stay safe. In Ernakulam alone, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after 4 shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday.

9. According to state disaster control room sources, 241 relief camps have been opened and 15,695 people have been shifted from low-lying areas.

10. Over 5,500 people from Wayanad district, where a red alert had been sounded yesterday, have been shifted to relief camps, the sources said this morning.

WIth Agencies