Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

All 5 gates of Idukki Dam opened as Kerala battles unending rains

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Pablo Mccormick | 11 August, 2018, 07:00

With an increase in water levels in various dams, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs in Kerala have been opened to drain out excess water.

Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and some other districts due to the rains.

"The water level in Edamalayar dam is under control".

"The shutters of the Idamalyar dam was opened". Red alert was issued to make necessary preparations for the authorities for evacuation of people in vulnerable areas in case of a water surge.

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As the water level rose to 2,398 ft, the shutter was opened on a test basis for four hours. A bridge on the Periyar river in the town was completely destroyed by the gushing waters from the reservoirs.

Hours after being cut off from the rest of the state following landslides along three arterial ghat roads, rescue efforts have begun in full swing in the hilly district of Wayanad. The current water level in the dam is 2401.5 feet.

After the shutters of the Idamalayar dam were released early on Thursday morning, localised flooding was reported in Aluva, around 10 km from Cochin International Airport. Public going near dams to view opening of shutters, is not advisable.

Idukki district was put on high alert following a series of landslips.

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The government has asked tourists not to go to high range areas and dam sites.

The flood water also triggered landslides at some places.

Approximately 951 people have been rehabilitated in the district as the low-lying residential areas have submerged in water. An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government is also visiting flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. "As the situation is improved we are resuming all operations from 3.05 pm today", a CIAL spokesperson said on Thursday. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought help from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and said "the situation is very serious".

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