Thiruvanantapuram: In the wake of continuous rain in Kerala, all the 5 gates of Idukki dam were opened. Scores of people residing in Cheruthoni town were also evacuated from their homes and as many as 29 people have lost their lives in flooding and landslides.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced ex-gratia Rs 4 Lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 10 Lakh compensation to those who lost their houses and land.
Idukki district collector Jeevan Kumar assured that they have safely shifted people to the relief camps set up in Munnar and several other nearby districts where the water level is comparatively low.
"Our rescue team are taking all the necessary measures in order to combat with the current situation. We have helped the people in shifting to relief camps set up in Munnar as the water level rose in Cherurhoni due to heavy downpour. The state is expected to get much heavier rainfall for the next couple of days," he said.
According to reports, "Sixty nine tourists, including 20 foreigners, are stranded at a resort in the popular hill station of Munnar in Idukki. The roads leading to the resort are blocked due to landslides. The army has been called in to evacuate them."