Kerala rain, weather, floods Live Updates: Incessant rains in God’s own country Kerala has claimed 29 lives so far as over 54000 people have been shifted to relief camps across the state. Earlier today, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan undertook an aerial survey of flood-ravaged districts of the state which have been battered by heavy rains since the past few days. Due to inclement weather, CM Vijayan’s helicopter could not land at Kattapana in Idukki and instead landed in Wayanad. The Chief Minister had called a meeting to review the situation in the backdrop of the opening of five shutters of Idukki Dam. CM Vijayan has announced an ex-gratia of 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.
Meanwhile, a red alert has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for 8 districts namely Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Kottayam, Alappuzha. But, in a major relief, reports today said that since the rains have slowed down, the water in the Idukki Dam has also receded. The water level at the Idukki dam was now at 2,401 feet after it came down on Friday night as the intensity of the rains decreased. Meanwhile, flight operations from Kochi airport are continuing uninterrupted and there has been no cancellations as per airport officials.