Hours after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed for assistance to aid rescue and rehabilitation of those affected by the rains and floods in Kerala, actors Suriya and Karthi have donated Rs 25 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
“In immediate response to the devastating scenario in Kerala due to heavy floods, actors Suriya and Karthi have come forward to contribute a total sum of Rs 25,00,000 to Kerala Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund,” said a statement issued by the actors' team.
“It’s turning out to be a much heart-wrenching scenario to see the paradisiacal landscapes of Idukki, Aluva, Palakkad, Malappuram and Wayanad ravaged with mountainous slopes sliding and lands submerged in waters,” the statement added.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday visited the flood-hit districts in a special chopper and assessed the current situation. He had sought assistance from all, including the non-resident Keralites, to come forward to contribute to the distress fund.
Meanwhile, after the state witnessed a moderate rainfall on Saturday, it is expected that relief and rescue operations can be carried out without much hindrance. Flight services and operations at Cochin International Airport (CIAL) are functioning normally.
"Everything is settled, runway, taxiways and apron are totally out of danger. No flights affected. Runoff water through drains is tamed," a statement from CIAL said.
The water level in the Idukki dam has come down as the rains have decreased in and around the Idukki dam since last night. “Things are fine so far, the water that came down the five floodgates of Cheruthoni has not caused any major crisis," Power Minister MM Mani said.
The minister has been in Idukki to monitor the situation.
In a huge relief, the water level in the Idukki dam has gone down by one foot in the past 20 hours. The authorities will be monitoring rainfall in the next few hours to decide on the closing of shutters.