Besides, a woman's mutilated body was unearthed from the debris.
The US has issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state. In the advisory issued on Friday, the USA said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressed the media and said that Army, Navy, Coast Guard and NDRF teams have been called to tackle the situation. Two more teams have been moved.
In view of the emergency scenario, a 24-hour monitoring cell under Revenue Additional Chief Secretary PH Kurian has been set up at the Secretariat. The revised date would be announced later.More news: Sony’s Marvel Universe Updates: Silver and Black Splitting into Two & More
Around 600 cusecs of water were discharged from the Idamalayar dam this morning, with the water level rising to 169.95 metres against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 169m. Only those assigned for rescue operations should be allowed. Schools in Kalamassery municipality, Cheranallur, Kadamakudy panchayats have also been given holiday, reports have said. Officials have been directed to involve MLAs and other people's representatives in relief measures.
Cochin International Airport released a statement and said that they have reviewed the situation and operational area of the airport has not been affected.
A red alert has been sounded ahead of the impending release of water from the Idukki Reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia.
Even though, according to an official press release, CIAL claims that only inbound flights were disrupted for two hours in the afternoon, passenger tales paint a different reality. Drinking water supply has been affected in Kochi with 20% reduction in production due to high turbidity in Periyar river.More news: Patriots to adjust Brady's contract with added incentives
The water levels have decreased in Idukki. For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the Cheruthoni Dam was opened yesterday and two more were opened at 7 am.
Torrential downpour in the vulnerable northern and central districts of Kerala has hardly relented, with the catchment areas of the fast-filling Idukki reservoir recording 12.9 cm of rain by this morning. The district administration has sought the support of the National Disaster Response Force following multiple incidents of landslips in the rural areas of Kozhikode.
Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.
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Also, at least seven people are reported to be missing due to landslides.