The state of Kerala had seen good Monsoon rains with a few heavy spells on some occasions as well, unlike previous year when it remained rain deficient. Singh also spoke with Vijayan and will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday.
Munnar: At least 60 tourists are stranded at a resort in the popular tea county of Munnar in Kerala's Idukki district after the roads leading to resort got blocked due to landslides following incessant rains.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cancelled all official events and is monitoring the floods situation.
A high alert has been sounded in Idukki, where all the five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam on Idukki reservoir were opened to drain out excess water.
People stand on the steps of Aluva Shiva Temple complex submerged in water after the opening of Idamalayar dam shutter following heavy rains, on the outskirts of Kochi, India, August 9, 2018. The Southern Naval Command at Kochi has rescued people stranded in the flood-hit areas, as part of the Indian Navy's "Operation Madad" for the rain and landslide-ravaged state.
The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.
The Idukki district administration has restricted tourists from visiting hilly areas and movement of heavy goods carriers also has been restricted.
The Kerala government has requested the Centre for "immediate help", the Hindustan Times reported.
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One of the five shutters of a large reservoir in the mountainous Idukki district was opened for the first time in 26 years.
At least 29 deaths have been reported and almost 54,000 people have been rendered homeless as incessant rain continues to lash almost half of Kerala.
"People living in the downstream areas of these dams must be cautious".
At least 26 people have been killed in the state since Wednesday, said Shibu, who uses one name.
In what has come as slight relief for the people of Kerala, the water levels at the Cheruthoni dam in Idukki has decreased by half a feet on Saturday morning.
As the water level in the dam has touched 2401 feet, more water has to be released to avoid overflowing.
He further said, "Six flood rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Kozhikode, and Palakkad to carry out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) work". Officials said that over 54,000 people are now housed in around 500 relief camps across the state.
The opening of the dam shutters had resulted in an increase in the water level in the Periyar river.