Tourists stranded in Munnar, traffic regulations in Idukki

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Idukki: At least 12 tourists including foreigners, stranded at a Munnar resort since Wednesday, are safe and the Army's help has been sought in their evacuation, said state tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran.

They will soon be moved to a safer location, he said.

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Continuous rain has battered the high ranges of Idukki: File photo

The district disaster management authority and the district collector issued an order in this regard under the Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, after heavy rain battered the hilly district.

Tourist vehicles and other non-essential traffic should be avoided as the roads were at a risk of caving in due to landslips.

Now, three shutters of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir have been opened after its water level shot up past the red alert level of 2,399 feet.

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Continuous rain has battered the high ranges of Idukki: File photo

On Thursday, 25 dams across Kerala were opened as the reservoir levels were nearing full capacity.

The northern districts of Palakkad and Malappuram and the hilly districts of Wayanad and Idukki were reeling under floods.

As of Friday, 27 people had lost their lives in multiple rain-related accidents across the state.

People living downstream of Periyar and Cheruthoni rivers have been warned that there is a possibility of inundation of banks as torrential rain pounded the state for the second day in a row.

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