Church in India's Kerala state aiding people affected by rains, floods, landslides

Church in India's Kerala state aiding people affected by rains, floods, landslides

The Army is taking part in rescue-relief and damage control exercises in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. The full reservoir level is 2,403 feet and storage capacity is 69,268 Mcft and storage percentage is 97.61 per cent. Singh also spoke with Vijayan and will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday. The KSDMA has issued an alert in the nearby areas and has asked people not to panic. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were also lifted. Rescue teams, including units of the Army, the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) dug through soil and rubble in an attempt to save the victims of landslips.

Earlier in the day, three shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were raised by 100 cm with 425 cumecs water gushing out every second.

Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese apostolic administrator Bishop Jacob Manathodath has appealed to church authorities under the diocese to open church schools and other institutions to the displaced people, and distribute food, clothes and other relief materials.

Although Kerala on Friday got some relief due to lesser showers pounding it than has been over the last two days, the death toll rose to 27.

"The Government of India is providing all the required assistance including services of armed forces, disaster management team and other required assistance".

Col Ajai Sharma, the commandant of DSC Centre, who is overseeing relief and rescue operations, said five columns of Army have been deployed in the northern districts since last night.

"The haphazard development along the streams has affected the natural flow of rivers, which is a challenge right now", he said. "Now that they are witness to the current situation - widespread destruction of crops and property, we are hopeful that they will be able to speed up their reports", said Chandrasekheran.

Thus, in a nutshell, on and off Monsoon surge will continue to affect the state of Kerala due to which the weather will not go dry.

People stand on the steps of Aluva Shiva Temple complex submerged in water after the opening of Idamalayar dam shutter following heavy rains, on the outskirts of Kochi, India, August 9, 2018.

People being taken to safety following a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Idukki.

The Cochin International Airport, which on Thursday had stopped incoming flights for two hours, on Friday said the operations were normal and there was nothing to be anxious about. As many as 260 relief camps have been opened at various accommodate the flood victims. The operational area is intact. "No cancellations of services so far".

"Twenty-four dams have been opened so far, which is unprecedented and is telling of the seriousness of the situation", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wote on Twitter.