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Flash floods kill 27 in south India, prompting US travel alert

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Flash floods kill 27 in south India, prompting US travel alert

Rino of Manaykkaparambil house, Panickankudy was killed in a landslip which occurred near the premises of his house on Friday.

In Palakkad district, the flood waters started receding today as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam was reduced.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 2,401.60 ft against a full reservoir level of 2,403 ft.

However, in 1992, all the three shutters was opened in the month of October.

Earlier today, a trial run began at the dam - one sluice was opened.

With the shutters lifted, water in Periyar, the second largest river in the state, rose to unsafe levels. It is the first time in the history that all the five shutters of Idukki dam have been raised. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were lifted around 7 am on Friday.

In the coastal state of Kerala, where more than 70 people have died so far this year, heavy rains hit overnight, setting off flash floods and landslides that destroyed scores of structures. Five people were reported dead in rain-related incidents on Friday, taking the toll to 27. "At least 4,000 people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated to relief camps". The airport operations may be affected if the water level in the Periyar river rises beyond 3 feet, officials said.

Meanwhile, Cheruthoni police have diverted vehicle traffic on Kattappana Road through Karimban - Thopramkudi road as the bridge at Cheruthoni may submerge if more water is released. The water release has caused extensive damage to crops. An estimated 8000 people are in relief camps with meagre resources across the state, as per the reports.

The authorities opened the gates of the Idamalayar dam on the morning of August 9 as the water breached its maximum height of 169 meters. SNC has launched Op-Madad at Wayanad for care if Search and Rescue operation in flooded low lying areas of Ernakulam and Idukki districts due to the opening of the Cheruthoni/Idukki dam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he has offered Vijayan all possible assistance. "All residents living along 100 meters of the dam have been asked to relocate to safe places", a Kerala State Electricity Board official in Idukki, who did not wish to be named, said.

Three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts while two more are expected shortly.The state government has sought six more NDRF teams, Vijayan told reporters after a review meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.

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