A high alert has been issued in Idukki district following heavy rains that continued to wreak havoc. With water levels reaching 2401.50 feet, all the five shutters of Idukki Cheruthoni dam were opened on Friday.
The people residing near the banks of Periyar and Cheruthoni rivers have been asked to be cautious.
0nly one shutter was opened on Thursday and two more shutters were opened on Friday morning. By afternoon, with the heavy rains continuing, the KSEB authorities decided to raise the 5th gate too. With this, all five shutters are opened.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that as the water-level in Idukki dam continued to rise, more water will have to be released. “It has been estimated that at least three times the volume that is being released now will have to be spilled. This will raise the water-level in Periyar river and its subsidiaries,” he said.
The Centre has already extended its assistance to overcome the situation. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh talked to Vijayan and extended all help.
Modi said that he discussed with the CM regarding the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state. Offered all possible assistance to those affected. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in the wake of this calamity,” he said.
Meanwhile Rajnath Singh said ” the relief and rescue ops are going on. MHA is closely monitoring the flood situation.”
Army, Air Force and Navy have been deployed for rescue and relief operations as landslips and flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, devastated several hilly regions in the state.