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Kerala’s famed Nehru Trophy Boat Race postponed due to heavy rains

This was the 66th edition of the trophy race in the state and was slated to be held on August 11

india Updated: Aug 10, 2018 12:58 IST
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The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held near Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha every year. (AFP)

Kerala’s famed Nehru Trophy Boat Race was postponed on Friday as a precautionary measure in the wake of flood situation in the state. This was the 66th edition of the trophy race and was slated to be held on August 11. However, it is now to be moved to a later date.

The delay of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, which is held near Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha every year, comes as a major disappointment for the people of Kerala. However, the revised date for the event is to be announced soon.

The number of deaths in Kerala has gone up to 26 as heavy rains continue to lash the state triggering flash floods and landslides. As the water level still remains above the danger mark in many rivers, the state is still on high alert.

Three of the five sluice gates of the Idukki dam -- one of the largest arch dams in Asia -- was opened after 26 years as water level reached its maximum capacity of 2400 feet.

Kerala chief minister Pinyari Vijayan held an emergency meeting earlier today – the second in as many days – to take stock of the devastation caused by rain and floods. Rescue operations are still underway.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 12:49 IST