Sunday, 12 August 2018

Flash Floods Kill 27 In South India’s Kerala State

Floods and landslides left at least 27 people dead in the state of Kerala in southern India, US officials said on Friday, urging the US to advise its citizens to stay in the country. away from the tourist center.

The coastal state, famous for its pristine palm beaches and tea plantations, is hit each year by the annual monsoon, but the rains have been particularly strong this season.

The June-September rains in the state killed 175 people and damaged crops worth 3.42 billion rupees on 26,824 ha since their appearance on May 29, according to a KSDMA official. . wants to be identified, said.

Across the country, more than 700 people were killed in the monsoon floods. Last year, 1,200 people died.

In Kerala, the army was surrounded for rescue operations after two days of rain that forced the authorities to open shutters of 24 tanks to evacuate excess water in an unprecedented move to prevent potentially disastrous violations .

"Twenty-four dams have been opened to date, which is unprecedented and reflects the seriousness of the situation," Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Twitter.

"People living in downstream areas of these dams must be careful."

One of the five components of a large reservoir in Idukki Mountain District was opened for the first time in 26 years.

The maximum storage level of the reservoir, one of the largest arches dams in Asia, is 732 m.

"If the rain continues, the other shutters will also be open.All residents living 100 meters from the dam were asked to move to safe places," said a Kerala State Council official in Idukki. said.

Some 20,000 people have been displaced and 260 relief camps have been set up.

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