Thiruvananthapuram: Even as rain continued to batter Kerala, the state government formed an expert committee on Monday to look into release of water from dams and ensuring their safety.
The panel comprises climatologists, structural engineers and hydrologists and will help the state administration manage the dams in the current weather.
A red alert has been issued for 10 dams in the state and an orange alert for eight others.
The Idukki dam, one of the highest arch dams in Asia, is also nearing its danger level. A decision will have to be taken by Monday evening with respect to releasing water from Idukki dam.
Death toll rises to 27
The death toll due to heavy rain and landslide in Kerala increased to 27.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rain from Wednesday.
NDRF teams have been sent to Kerala to assist in rescue operations.
Sabarimala pilgrimage suspended
The pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala has been suspended for the time being in view of the weather and IMD predictions of worsening weather from October 20 to 24, state Revenue Minister K Rajan said on Monday.
The shrine had been opened on October 16.
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