The state of Kerala seem to have no respite from the rains that have been causing havoc in the state over the past one week. On Wednesday, due to the increase in the water levels at the Mullaperiyar dam, the dam shutters were opened at 2.30 am. With this, shutters of 35 dams in Kerala have been opened. Many districts in the state have been inundated with water following heavy rains and controlled discharge from dams.
The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) announced on Wednesday, that all flight operations at the Kochi airport have been suspended till 2 pm on August 18. This comes after the water in Chengalthodu canal, which runs near the airport, overflowed, causing inundation of the runways.
Since August 8, there has been widespread destruction following incessant rains, causing rivers to overflow. The opening of shutters of 27 dams in the state has resulted in widespread damage to crops and properties.
The death toll presently stands at 67, with 24 people having lost their lives on Wednesday. According to a rough estimate, more than one lakh people have been affected.
Idukki and Wayanad are the worst-hit districts, while Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam too have been badly affected.
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