Thiruvananthapuram: Floods, caused by the torrential downpour, continue to create havoc in Kerala and have already claimed 26 lives. The Kerala state government has also decided to chair an emergency meeting in this regard.
Owing to incessant rains and a subsequent rise in the water level in various dams, authorities were forced to open two more of the five gates of the Idukki reservoir today morning to release excess water.
On Thursday, the Karnataka government agreed to release 75000 cusecs water from Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district as the backwaters were adding to the woes of the flood-hit state.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, via a telephonic conversation with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took stock of the situation and offered all required assistance.
Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had announced a relief fund worth Rs. 10 crores to all flood-affected areas. He also directed his Chief Secretary T.M. Vijayabhaskar to send relief materials and a team of doctors to the state.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also been deployed and six flood rescue teams at Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Wayanad, Kozhikode, and Palakkad to carry out Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) work.