Kerala floods: Water level recedes in Idukki dam for third day

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/KOCHI: With the water levels in the Idukki reservoir coming down slowly, the dam officials have closed down one shutter of the Cheruthony dam. Now water from the Idukki catchment is currently flowing from only four shutters which have been opened at 1.80 m.
The water level at 10.00 am was 2397.58 ft and it is being released from 1,2,3 and 4th shutter at 7.5 lakh litres per second. The cumulative water being released from the dam and after power generation is 190.352 million cubic metre.

The Idamalayar dam water level is 168.79 m at 8 am and the water released is 400 cumecs. All four shutters have been opened since Sunday night at 1 m height. The total water stored is 67354.91Mcft. (million cubic ft) at 93.90 %. area recorded 82 mm of rain and on Sunday, a total of 14.995 million units of power was generated from Idukki, KSEB has informed.

Though rains continue at several parts of the state, the intensity is below the predicted level. The IMD has predicted heavy rain for Monday too. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had on Sunday warned that heavy to very heavy rains were expected in 16 states, including Kerala, till Monday.

Many families have returned home in Ernakulum district from relief camps bringing down the total to 17 camps with 3095 members from 905 families on Monday.

The focus of revenue department and state disaster management authority has now shifted to Kuttanad with one more gate of Pamba dam opening last night. The level of the already opened gate had to be increased too. This would cause more flooding at Kuttanad in Alappuzha which has already been inundated.

With rain continuing in the catchment areas of the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad, the shutters of the dam will be increased from the current 90 cm to 110 cm. District administration has issued an alert to people living in the downstream areas. The current discharge from the dam is 77 cumecs.

On Tuesday morning, the state cabinet will review flood situation. A decision on whether to go ahead with planned Onam week celebration will be taken by the cabinet during the meeting.

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