Kerala Rains Highlights: Idukki Dam to be opened tomorrow, Minister P Rajeeve reviews preparations
Kerala Rains highlights District officials informed that the Cheruthoni Dam of the Idukki reservoir would be opened tomorrow after the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) issued a red alert as the water level has increased to 2,382.88 feet.
Cheruthoni Dam, one of the three dams that form the Idukki reservoir, Kerala. (Express photo by Nitin RK)
Kerala Rains highlights (Aug 6): Kerala Industries Minister P Rajeeve on Saturday said there was no need for any concern with regard to the opening of the Idukki Dam to discharge the excess water, as the distributaries and streams from Periyar river have been cleaned to ensure the natural flow of water. Rajeeve chaired a meeting of officials to evaluate the situation as the Idukki district authority has decided to open the Cheruthoni Dam of the Idukki reservoir on Sunday to discharge excess water.
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Earlier in the day the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which manages the dam, had issued a red alert after the water level crossed 2,382 feet. The maximum capacity of the dam is 2403 feet. The alert has also been issued for Sholayar and Peringalkuthu dams and an orange alert has been sounded in Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad.
Meanwhile, after days of heavy downpour, Kerala got some respite as the rain subsided in many parts of the state. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow alert in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kasargod, and Kannur districts on Saturday. The state Disaster Management Authority has warned of landslides in hilly regions that received heavy rains in the past few days.
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Water flows from the gates of Peringalkuthu Dam after it was opened following heavy monsoon rains, in Thrissur district, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. (PTI Photo)
A red alert was declared in 8 districts of Kerala on Thursday by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) as rains continued to lash various parts of the state and disrupted the day-to-day lives of the people as roads got flooded or caved in and many got displaced from their homes to relief camps.
IMD issued a red alert for the day in the districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur and Orange alert in remaining districts except for Thiruvananthapuram where a Yellow alert is in place.
A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains of 6 cm to 20 cm. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm.
The inclement weather in the state resulted in water levels of various rivers -- like Chalakkudi, Pampa, Manimala and Achankovil -- in various districts rising close to or crossing danger levels.
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