All educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed on Friday due to the heavy rainfall and floods in various parts of Kerala,according to media reports.
As per latest updates, 26 people have lost their lives due to the floods.
Union Minister KJ Alphons, on Thursday, said that “There has been unprecedented floods in Kerala since y’day & incessant rains for 2 weeks. It is the biggest rain we had in 50 years.26 people died.Armed forces to fly to Kerala immediately,6 central rescue teams already there. All the dams opened (sic).”
Also, six flood rescue teams of 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.
Army has also been deployed in three columns of approximate strength of 75 persons each at Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad. Two additional columns have been requisitioned and are moving to Kozikode and Malappuram. Three Engineer Task Force to be deployed soon.
Due to a steady rise in the water level in the Idukki reservoir, one of the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, one of the largest arch dams in Asia, was opened as part of a trial run. People living near the banks of the Periyar and in low-lying areas have been asked to exercise caution as a result of the release of the sluice gates.