20 die from landslides caused by relentless rain

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People inspect a damaged car following a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Idukki

The Army and National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in affected areas in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram districts to assist the civil administration in the rescue operations, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Vijayan on Thursday, and offered all possible assistance to those affected. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, the biggest arch dam in Asia, were lifted around 7 am today as the water level continued to rise following continuing rains. The government has warned that the Periyar river is likely to swell further because of this. The inmates of these houses were shifted to relief camps. Bridges and roads were drowned by the floods and pumping stations for drinking water were shut down.

Due to the heavy rains, landslides have occurred in many parts of Wayanad and Malappuram.

The mountainous region of Idukki district in Kerala was put on high alert for landslides.

In Idukki, the death toll reached at 12 yesterday, while two people were reported still missing.

Meanwhile, multiple incidents of landslips have been reported in the rural areas of Kozhikode district.

Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and other districts due to the incessant rains. Of the 70 tourists, 20 are believed to be foreigners. United States embassy has issued warning for its citizens against travelling to Kerala in view of the floods and landslides. "MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] is closely monitoring the flood situation".

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Power minister M. M. Mani, who is in Idukki, said to reporters that the situation is under control.

On the other hand, the Karnataka government has also issued relief funds for the state.

A total of eight columns of army personnel were deployed in various parts of Kerala in which two columns were exclusively kept for the worst-hit Idukki district. "We stand with our neighbours at this hour of need", read a statement by the Karnataka CM's office.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday.

Small bridges have been constructed to evacuate stranded people in various places in Kozhikode and Wayanad areas, and rescue operations are now underway.

Shibu, a relief official told UCANEWS on Friday that almost 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas.

Members of the central team, who are in the state to assess the damage caused by the rains since the onset of the monsoon on May 29, held a meeting with the chief minister this morning.

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