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US advices its citizens not to visit Kerala as rain related toll increases

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), August 10:-The United States (US) on Thursday issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state.

In the advisory, the US said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state.

“Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods,” it read.

At least 22 people have died in Kerala due to incessant rainfall and flooding in the past two days, the Home Ministry said on Thursday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described the situation as “very grim”.

The Army and National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in affected areas in Idukki, Kozhikode, Waynad and Malappuram districts to assist the civil administration in the rescue operations, officials said. A red alert has been sounded ahead of the impending release of water from the Idukki Reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia.

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which maintains the Idukki dam, issued the red alert saying the shutters of the reservoir would be opened at 6 AM Friday and asked people living downstream to be “extremely vigilant”. A 24×7 monitoring cell has been set up at the Secretariat here to co-ordinate the relief works with various district collectors.

Ernakulam District administration officials said over 2,300 people living on the banks of Periyar river have been shifted to 38 camps opened in view of rising water level following release of water from Cheruthoni and Idamalayar dams.

Members of the central team, who are in the state to assess the damage caused by the rains since the onset of the monsoon on May 29, held a meeting with the chief minister on Thursday morning.

Chief Minister Vijayan said the state would submit a detailed memorandum to the Centre seeking financial assistance for taking up relief works.

The monsoon has so far claimed over 175 lives, besides causing destruction to crops and dwellings, officials said.

More than 10,000 people have been shifted to 157 relief camps across the state in the last two days, the government said.

With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost their maximum capacity, shutters of at least 22 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water.

Heavy rains for the past two days and release of water from the Idamalayar dam on Wednesday, resulted into localised flooding in low-lying areas in the northern districts of Kerala.

The flood water also triggered landslides at some places.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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