Cheruthoni dam shutter opened in Kerala | Latest India News
A flap of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir in Kerala was raised by 70 centimeters on Sunday to drain excess water from the dam after the water level reached 2384.10 feet in the morning.
State Water Resources Minister Roshy Augustine said while lifting a flap that 50 cumecs of water will be discharged from the dam while adding that there was no place for people living downstream from s worry about release.
“This means that 50,000 liters of water will be discharged per second. However, this will not affect people living downstream. The water level of the Periyar River is at 793.29 meters and 794.2 meters is the warning level. It remains nearly a meter to reach the alert level. From now on there is less chance of the water level even rising to the warning level,” Augustine told media here.
He said a disaster management meeting was held on Saturday with all district authorities and local self-government bodies to discuss the situation and necessary measures were taken.
“Previously, we had a situation where 20,000 liters of water were discharged per second. However, today’s situation is different and there is no need to worry,” Augustine said.
A red alert at Idukki Dam was issued after water rose above 2,382.53ft. Currently, the water level is 2384.22 feet.
The Idukki Reservoir consists of two dams, the Arch Dam and the Cheruthoni Dam, and the flaps of the Cheruthoni Dam were opened for the first time in 26 years in 2018, to alleviate the worst flooding the state has been in. confronted in a century. This is the eighth time the shutter has been lifted now.
Meanwhile, three additional strands of the Mullaperiyar Dam, which is run by the Tamil Nadu government, were increased on Sunday. Previously, 10 flaps were raised to drain excess water.
The rains eased in the state which had seen heavy downpours since July 31.
However, many dams were approaching full reservoir level due to rains in the catchments and a red alert was issued in Kakki-Anathod dam in Pathanamthitta district and Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad district.
“Red alert has been issued at Banasura Sagar Dam. The dam may be opened after noon as the water level has reached 773.50 meters. The water level will reach the upper level of 774 meters,” said Wayanad district authorities.
They said the opening of the Banasura Sagar dam will cause the water level of the Kabani River to rise by 10 to 15 centimeters and asked the people to remain cautious.
Similarly, the Kakki-Anathod dam also received a red alert and the district authorities said the dam would be opened after reviewing the rainfall situation as well as the water level of the Pamba River.
Pathanamthitta District Collector Divya S Iyer said there was a chance of the water level rising in the Pamba Dam and warned people who live downstream.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert in eight districts of the state.
Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said 21 people lost their lives between July 31 and July 6 in various rain-related incidents in Kerala, while five people are still missing.
A total of 41 houses were fully damaged and 353 partially damaged. There are 372 active relief camps in the state which house 14,482 inmates.