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India's home minister Rajnath Singh, who is in touch with Vijayan plans to visit the flood affected areas of the state on August 12.

Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode. At present, over 50,000 people are living in relief camps.

Kerala has been witnessing incessant rain since the past two days, causing flooding and landslide.

On Saturday morning, a team led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan accompanied by Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, State Forest Minister P Raju, Chief Secretary Tom Jose and Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behra took off in a helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram to survey the worst affected districts.

The United States consulate in Chennai issued a travel alert and advised the U.S. citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flash flood.

Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday announced a relief fund worth Rs 10 crore to the flood-hit Kerala.

According to the Economic Times, the water level in various dams of the state is going way over the danger mark, after which shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water.

On the night of August 8-9, 22 persons died in various districts of Kerala due to heavy rains and landslides, said a Home Ministry statement. "Thus, there is a need to open the shutters of many dams", the chief minister said.

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In view of this, water level in the Periyar river and its tributaries will rise.

With rivers and streams flowing in spate, people, particularly youngsters, have been asked to exercise caution.

Kochi in Ernakulam district is also bracing for floods as the water level in the Periyar river has been rising since the fourth sluice gate of the Idukki reservoir was opened.

He said two Mi-17 V5 were pressed into service for distribution of relief material and winching operations.

In Ernakulam, 3,456 people have been shifted to camps following floods after four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened yesterday.

Vijayan said the state would submit a detailed memorandum to the Centre seeking financial assistance for taking up relief works. The government has asked tourists not to go to high-range areas and dam sites.

In Palakkad district, the flood waters started receding today as the quantity of water being released from Malampuzha dam was reduced.

While many politicians try to use such disasters for their own political mileage by playing blaming games and pointing fingers, Kerala's politicians ace it when it comes to joining hands together for the general good.


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