THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state witnessed the worst ever rain and flood on Wednesday. About 25 deaths have occurred on one single day which shows the gravity of the rain and flood. The total number of deaths occurred in the state from August 9 have become 67.

Almost all the districts are facing severe crisis. More concern is the fact that heavy rain will continue for two more days, said chief minister on Wednesday. He said over 1.5 lakh people are living in various relief camps in the state now.

The shutters of Idukki dam will have to be lifted once more since water from Mullaperiyar is flowing to Idukki dam. Necessary alerts have been issued in the region. There is no need of concern over water level at Mullaperiyar. The Centre and Prime Minister have agreed to intervene and they are having talks with the Tamil Nadu government, said Pinarayi Vijayan.

The state has expressed its concern and explained the situation faced due to the flood to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh. They have assured all support to the state and have agreed to send more central forces to Kerala.

The Centre has also accepted the state government‘s request to allow flights to arrive at the Kochi Naval Base. The fights upto Boeing 737 will be arriving at the base. The CIAL authorities are having discussions with the airline authorities on this. The government has asked the airline companies to use Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram airports for those flights which cannot land at Kochi Naval Base, said Vijayan.

The other major crisis faced by the flood-affected areas is the shortage of drinking water. The chief minister has asked the people to limit the use of drinking water being supplied by the Kerala Water Authority. Pampa, Bharatapuzha, Periyar and Chaliyar are the three major drinking water sources which have been affected due to the floods. The pump sets and most of the water treatment plants have been damaged due to the flood.

The water authority officials have been asked to collect water in tanks and transport it through boats to the relief camps and flooded areas of the state. The chief minister has asked to get more boats for this purpose and make use of it for supplying the drinking water to the worst hit areas.
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