Heavy rains continue in Kerala, water at ‘red alert’ level in some dams

A man rides a bicycle under an umbrella in the midst of monsoon rains,
Image Source: PTI A man rides a bicycle under an umbrella amidst monsoon rains in Thiruvananthapuram

Highlight

  • Heavy rains continue in parts of Kerala, water level of several dams rises
  • Orange alert declared at Poringalkuthu dam in Thrissur
  • Meanwhile, 23 people have died in rain-related incidents so far, 11 have been injured, three are missing.

With heavy rains continuing to lash parts of Kerala, water levels in several dams in the state, including Mullaperiyar and Idukki, are reaching their respective storage capacity and some have even reached a red alert status on Sunday.

According to data provided by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), water in six dams under the control of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) – four of which are in Idukki – are at red alert level and one in orange water. alert level.

The dams where the water reached the red alert level at 11 am were Ponmudi, Kallarkutty, Iretyar and Lower Periyar in Idukki, Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode and Moozhiyar in Pathanamthitta districts of the state.

The KSDMA said an orange alert was declared at the Poringalkuthu dam in Thrissur.

The color-coded alerts – blue, orange and red – refer to the dam’s storage level data in relation to each reservoir’s capacity.

Later in the evening, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, citing weather reports and KSDMA data, said an orange alert has also been announced at the Meenkara irrigation dam in Palakkad.

In addition, a blue alert has been announced at the Neyyar and Mangalam irrigation dams in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad respectively, the chief minister said in a release.

It also said that the water level in Mullaperiyar dam has reached 135.75 feet and after reaching 136.60 feet due to rain, Tamil Nadu will release water from its side through the spillway and hence, residents of the surrounding should remain alert and take precautions. .

An official of the control room set up in Idukki district had said earlier in the day that the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam was stable at 135.7 feet at 12 noon, as the rain had receded in the area during the previous hours.

The Chief Minister also said in the release that water is being released from Malankara, Siruvani, Kuttiyadi, Kallada, Karapuzha, Kanjirapuzha, Peechi, Maniyar, Bhoothathankettu, Moolthara and Pazhassi dams in the state and people around these dams should take precautions.

He also said in the release that according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a yellow alert has been declared for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts for the day and Idukki, Malappuram and Kasaragod for Monday. Is. districts. A Yellow Alert issued by the IMD means heavy rainfall between 6 cm and 11 cm.

Vijayan asked people to beware of wind hazards as strong winds are likely to lash the state and advised people living in low-lying areas, river banks and hilly areas to remain alert.
He said in the release that 23 relief camps have been set up in different districts of the state and 1,485 people have been shifted there.

Meanwhile, 23 people have been killed, 11 injured, three missing, 81 houses completely destroyed and 1,278 houses partially damaged in rain-related incidents so far.

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