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According to the National Disaster Management Authority's (NDMA) situation report, since the beginning of the monsoon season 14 districts in the state have been affected by floods comprising over 2,000 villages.

Twenty nine people have so far been killed in the heavy rains and floods since August 8 in the state and many homes damaged and crops destroyed.

Nearly all 40-odd rivers in the state are in spate, officials said.

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"Our state is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Tincy, a panchayat member said as prior warning about the release of water had been issued, any kind of human casualty was avoided.

Around 70 people are stranded in a resort in Munnar after the roads to the resort were blocked due to a landslide.

Periyar river in Aluva is in spate following the release of water from Idamalayar dam, and people living in low-lying areas have been asked to be vigilant. Two more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, were lifted on Friday morning. As many as 24 reservoirs across the state have been opened because of the heavy downpours and rising water levels. Only one shutter of the dam was opened releasing 82 cusecs of water.

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", Vijayan said, adding that this will lead to rise in the water levels of Periyar river and its tributaries. "MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] is closely monitoring the flood situation".

"Wetland refilling, encroachment and unauthorized construction in river banks and conversion of paddy fields have affected the flow of water, leading to stagnation and flash floods", another official at KSDMA said on condition of anonymity.

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Top elected state official Pinarayi Vijayan says the flood situation has become "very grim" with the opening of sluice gates of almost two dozen overflowing water reservoirs.

The Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery resumed flight operations after it was halted as a precautionary measure after the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were opened.

Naval helicopters are also being deployed to ferry divers, power tools, axes and relief material to flooded areas to augment ongoing relief operations, it said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took stock of the situation and offered all required assistance to the Kerala government.

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