Kerala heavy rain: Idukki dam opened after 3 yrs

by Kerala | 19-10-2021 | 310 views

Idukki: As a precautionary measure in view of the torrential rains in Kerala the Idukki dam opened today at 11am. The three shutters of the Cheruthoni dam which forms part of the Idukki dam opened by 50 cm in order to regulate the water level.

The Idamalayar and Pamba dams were opened on Tuesday morning. The two shutters of the Idamalayar dam were opened 80 cm at 6am and the two shutters of Pamba dam were opened by 5am.

KSEB Chairman B Ashok has said that only one tenth of the water released in 2018 is being released now and there was no need for panic.

He said the water is being released now to avoid opening all the dams all together later when the rain intensifies. In another development, the two shutters of Kakki-Aanathodu dam in Pathanamthitta were opened by 60 cm height. There might be a rise in water level in places situated on the banks of the Pamba River, especially in Kuttanad, Kozhencherry, Ranni and Chengannur, due to the release of the water.

Water level rising in Kuttanad

The water level in the Pamba and Achankovil rivers decreased on Monday. But the water levels in Lower Kuttanad and Upper Kuttanad areas have gone up due to the gush of water from the eastern hilly areas. The authorities started shifting people living in low-lying areas in Kuttanad to safer places. The help of the police is being utilised in many places to carry out the shifting process.

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