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Kerala Floods CM Pinarayi Vijayan Calls an emergency meeting as death

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 18, Oct 2021, 18:53 pm IST | UPDATED: 18, Oct 2021, 18:56 pm IST

Kerala Floods CM Pinarayi Vijayan Calls an emergency meeting as death New DelhiAs the death toll in flood-related incidents in Kerala increased to 27, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday (October 18, 2021) morning called an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation in the rain-affected areas. As many as 22 people have died in Kottayam (13) and Idukki (9), the two worst-hit districts in the southern state.

 the catchment areas and the eastern hilly regions of the state, the Kerala government has also issued alerts to the public that shutters of certain dams will be raised, resulting in an increase in water levels of rivers in the south and central Kerala.

In the Idukki reservoir, which is one of the highest arch dams in Asia, the water level has risen to 2,396.96 feet on Monday and an Orange alert has also been sounded. The full reservoir level of the Idukki dam is 2,403 feet.

The water level at various other dams including Sholayar, Pamba, Kakki and Idamalayar is also rising.

The low-lying areas of Cherickal, Poozhikadu, Mudiyoorkonam and Kurambala regions near Pandalam, along the banks of Achankovil River, have been flooded. Alert has also been sounded along the banks near regions of Aranmula, Kidangannur and Omalloor.

Meanwhile, the state government has appointed ADGP Vijay Sakhare as the nodal officer to coordinate the rescue and relief operations.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed that it is saddening that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Kerala and paid condolences to the bereaved families. He also dialled Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising out of the rains.

"Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @vijayanpinarayi and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected," PM Modi tweeted.

"I pray for everyone's safety and well-being," he added.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also said that the Centre will provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala, who have been affected by heavy rains and resulting floods.