Due to the increase in the water level at Idukki dam, "It is essential to release water three times (more) than what was being released now", Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
Over 5,500 people from Wayanad district, where a red alert had been sounded yesterday, have been shifted to relief camps, the sources said this morning.
The casualty in Idukki district included five members of a family in Adimali town.
As rain continued to lash the state, officials opened the sluice gates of 24 dams on August 9, including the biggest Idukki Dam, threatening more areas with floods.
Due to the incessant rains for two weeks, Idukki District collector has also banned tourism in and around the district. As many as 57 tourists, including 22 foreigners, who were trapped inside a resort at Pallivasal in Idukki were rescued by the Army by constructing a parallel path that led them to the main road. An Inter-ministerial Central team is also visiting the flood-affected area and the Army support is being mobilized from Bengaluru, the statement said.
Tourists were barred from entering the hilly Idukki district after roads caved in at many places. Earlier, the United States had issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods.
Kerala Chief Minister on Thursday called for a high-level meeting to discuss the flood situation in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Vijayan yesterday, and offered all possible assistance to those affected.
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On the other hand, the Karnataka government has also issued relief funds for the state. "We stand with our neighbours at this hour of need", read a statement by the Karnataka CM's office.
Last year, the state had received 1855.9 mm of rainfall between June 1 and September 30.
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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.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged everyone to contribute generously for relief efforts.
The coastal state, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the annual monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season.
Two NDRF teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala.
According to the today's morning reports of the Indian Meteorological Department, thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds are likely to affect Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad districts.