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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.

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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21:34 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Minister Rajeeve chairs meeting ahead of Idukki Dam opening

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 here 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.

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which manages the dam, has issued a red alert as the water-level has increased to 2,383.30 feet. It also said that there was moderate rain in the catchment area. (PTI)

20:59 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Yellow alert in 8 districts tomorrow

The meteorological department has sounded a yellow alert in eight districts-Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasargod- tomorrow. 

18:15 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Orange alert in Banasura Sagar dam

An orange alert has been issued in Wayanad's Banasura Sagar dam as the water level reached 773 feet. 

16:32 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Idukki Dam to be opened on Aug 7, says Minister

The Cheruthoni Dam of the Idukki reservoir would be opened on August 7 to discharge excess water, Idukki district authorities said on Saturday after the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which manages the dam, issued a red alert as the water-level has increased to 2,382.88 feet.

The water-level at the Mullaperiyar Dam, which is managed by the Tamil Nadu government, has increased to 138.15 feet and 10 shutters have been raised discharging 2,122 cusecs of water.

The rains have subsided in Kerala which has witnessed heavy showers since July 31. (PTI)

15:30 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Kerala sounds alert as Idukki dam water level nears full mark

The Kerala Government Saturday sounded a red alert at Idukki dam, which is filling up fast in the wake of heavy inflow coupled with the increased discharge from Mullaperiyar dam.

The water level at the dam reached 2382.50 ft on Saturday morning as against the full reservoir level of 2403 ft. The district administrations in Idukki and Ernakulam have asked people living on the banks of the Periyar River, including the sub-urban Kochi region, to remain alert in the event of increased water outflow from the dam. Read More

14:58 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Yellow alert in 5 districts today; Check weather forecast for next five days

With the rain subsiding in Kerala, the meteorological department has sounded a yellow alert in different districts. The alert has been issued in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kasargod, and Kannur districts for today. Meanwhile, the state Disaster Management Authority has warned of landslides in hilly regions that received heavy rains in the previous days. Check the detailed forecast for the next five days.



14:40 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: At least 575 animals rescued to shelters

As many as 575 animals have been rescued and shifted to shelters opened for them by the department across the state. They were being given medical assistance and fodder in adequate intervals, J Chinchurani, the minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development said. 

11:01 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Landslide in Munnar, no casualties reported
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09:14 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Animal Husbandry sector suffers losses worth lakhs of rupees, says Minister

The animal husbandry sector in Kerala has suffered a loss to the tune of Rs 42.85 lakh so far in the ongoing heavy rains and as many as 40 shelters have been opened to protect animals across the state.

J Chinchurani, the minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development, said the department already took measures to assess the impact of the monsoon rains and provide necessary assistance to the farmers in the sector.

As per the directions given, control rooms were opened in all districts under the chief veterinary officers and rapid action forces pressed into the service as soon as the rain got intensified, she said on Friday detailing the precautionary measures taken by her department to tackle the situation. ---PTI

09:06 (IST)06 Aug 2022
Kerala govt mulls disaster management literacy drive

With incessant rains and frequent flood situations posing a threat to the state, the Kerala government is mulling to launch a disaster management literacy drive among people.

State Revenue Minister K Rajan said the objective of the drive is to make the people of the state aware and knowledgeable about the disaster management initiatives.

The drive would be conducted coordinating the Revenue and the Disaster Management Departments under the aegis of the local self government institutions in the state, he said.

Through the drive, the impact of the natural calamities can be reduced by making people aware on how to respond during an emergency situation and manage such disasters, he said. ---PTI

21:21 (IST)05 Aug 2022
CMD's rain forecast for the next 5 days

Central Meteorological Department's rain forecast for the next 5 days

The Central Meteorological Department has issued orange and yellow alerts in various districts.

17:00 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Heavy rainfall in some parts of Kerala: MCT 
16:19 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Heavy rain causes damage to the farmers
13:43 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Schools shut in several parts due to the ongoing rainfall

A holiday has been declared for schools and educational institutions in various districts of Kerala in view of the rains. At least 19 people have died in the heavy rains and flooding in the state since July 31. It also caused damage to 32 properties completely and 232 partially, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) had said. ---PTI

13:41 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Water resources minister says 3 shutters of Mullaperiyar reservoir to be open today

Minister for Water Resources in Kerala Roshy Augustine told the media that the three shutters of Mullaperiyar reservoir will be opened at 11.30 AM today to release the excess water.

Revenue Minister K Rajan said the water level at the Chalakudy river in Thrissur continued to be the same as on Thursday and maintained over 7.27 metres for the past few hours.

He said there was relief as it did not rain as much as expected in the Nelliyampathy region. ---PTI

12:09 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Kerala: Southern districts get some respite from rain, orange alert in 8 northern districts

After days of incessant rains, the southern districts in Kerala on Friday got some respite as rains subsided while the Met department has issued an Orange alert to eight districts in the northern part of Kerala for the day.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an Orange alert indicating isolated heavy rainfall for Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala. ---PTI

09:46 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Rescue operation in a flood affected area in Alappuzha district
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08:53 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Thousands evacuated in Kerala as rivers swell

Thousands of residents in central and north Kerala districts were evacuated on Thursday after monsoon rains caused floodwaters to rise in various rivers, forcing authorities to open shutters of dams to manage water level in reservoirs.

At least 19 people have died in the heavy rains and flooding in the state since July 31. It also caused damage to 32 properties completely and 232 partially, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said.

A red alert was sounded in 8 districts of the southern state on Thursday by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) as rains continued to lash various parts and disrupted the day-to-day lives of the people. Roads in low-lying areas got flooded or caved in and many got displaced from their homes to relief camps. ---PTI

08:52 (IST)05 Aug 2022
Incessant rains: Kerala govt cautions against spread of contagious diseases

As widespread rains continued to lash different parts of the state, the Kerala government has cautioned people against the spread of various contagious diseases including air and water-borne, zoonotic and vector-borne infections and issued directives to be followed to prevent it.

Rat fever, dengue, diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice and viral fever were of the diseases which could widely spread during times of floods, and utmost vigil should be paid against its outbreak, health authorities said.

Detailing the situation, Health Minister Veena George said as the state is yet to be completely free from covid-19, extra vigil and care should be shown to comply with the department's directives.

"Special care should be shown in the case of elderly and those with related diseases staying in the (relief) camps. Everyone should wear a mask properly. Through this,various types of other airborne diseases can also be prevented," she said. ---PTI

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.

PTI inputs

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First published on: 05-08-2022 at 08:41:51 am
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