THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The availability of drinking water is turning to be the next major crisis in the flood-hit areas in Kerala. KWA has to stop pumping from major treatment plants in the state due to rise in water level or power failure.

All treatment plants at Ernakulam, such as , Chovara, Maradu, Mooppathadam and others have stopped pumping. and Pathanamtitta are the worst affected in terms of drinking water supply.

Chief engineer of KWA at central regions said they had stocked water in tankers for emergency needs.

In the northern districts, drinking water supply in most places except Kasargode are affected. Around 90 % of water supply in Malappuram is affected as around 31 schemes stopped functioning due to power failure and flood. Around 60% water supply is affected in and Kozhikode. Eleven KWA schemes under Palakkad and 10 in are affected. Around three schemes in Kannur are affected.

Situation is comparatively better in southern districts except Pathanamthitta.

However, places such as Varkala municipality are affected after water rose in Vamanapuram river and affected functioning of KWA scheme at Pulimaath in Attingal. Water supply schemes in Neyyatinkara and Aryanad etc were also affected.

The water level in Karamana river in too is rising after KWA raised shutters of Peppara dam.
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