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Kerala: Shutters of Idamalayar dam opened, water level in Periyar river increases

11 August 2018

While 11 people died in Idukki district, five more deaths were reported from Malappuram district.

The chief minister said the administration was forced to open the gates of 24 dams in the state.

Meanwhile, multiple incidents of landslips have been reported in the rural areas of Kozhikode district. "Help from Navy has been sought to evacuate people who are cut off in Wayanad". "I request the people to contribute to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund".

A road in Malappuram was washed out after flash floods hit the region. "Educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy will remain closed tomorrow", District Collector said. "Personnel from the armed forces will fly to Kerala immediately", Alphons said. "Six Central rescue teams are already working at the affected areas". Authorities have opened three shutters after water in the reservoir rose to more than 2399 ft.

"If the rain continues, the other shutters will also be opened".

Heavy rains for the past two days and release of water from the Idamalayar dam yesterday, resulted into localised flooding in low-lying areas in the northern districts of Kerala. Drinking water supply has been affected in Kochi with 20% reduction in production due to high turbidity in Periyar river.

The maximum storage level of the reservoir, which is one of the largest arch dams in Asia, is 2,403 feet.

All four shutters of the Idamalayar dam were also opened.

The June-September rains in Kerala state have cost 175 lives and damaged crops worth 3.42 billion rupees ($49.81 million) across 26,824 hectares (66,284 acres) since their onset on May 29, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), who did not wish to be identified, said. He asked people to call toll-free numbers 7902200300, 7902200400 and 04842423513 for updates.

The shutters of the Kuttiyadi dam in Kozhikode district has been opened considering the increase in water level.

Vehicular traffic in many areas of Idukki has been restricted and operations in the Cochin global airport will also be affected after the dam water gushes to downstream.

Earlier Vijayan held an emergency meeting here to assess the situation and appointed senior official P.H. Kurian to lead the rescue and relief operations. An orange alert was sounded earlier at the dam after water level in the reservoir reached 167 metres. All passenger trains on the Kanjikode-Walayar stretch in the Palakkad-Podanur section were disrupted because of the rain.

Kerala: Shutters of Idamalayar dam opened, water level in Periyar river increases