Heavy rain lashes Kerala, twenty two dead so far

heavy rains have also caused landslides in the state

Heavy downpour in southern state of Kerala have so far claimed twenty two people.

The heavy rains have also caused landslides in the state.

Meanwhile, it is now learnt that a red alert has been sounded for the Idukki reservoir on the Periyar river as water levels continue to rise.

The Kochi airport had suspended all arrivals at the international and domestic terminals for two hours this afternoon fearing flooding of the runway after the gates of the Idukki dam was opened today.

Authorities said that water level in the river Periyar may rise all the more as water is also to be released from Cheruthoni dam.

The decision to suspend arrivals was made keeping in mind the runway flooding in 2013 from Periyar.

In terms of loss of life, eleven people were killed in Idukki district while six are dead in Malappuram with another two perishing in Kozhikode and one in Wayanad.

The state government has also sought help from the army in Wayanad and Idukki districts.

In an unprecedented manner, 22 dams have been opened over the last 2-3 weeks due to the increasing water levels.

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