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Third red alert issued to people living downstream in Kerala

Third red alert issued to people living downstream in Kerala
Third red alert issued to people living downstream in Kerala
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According to sources there has been no respite for residents in Idukki one of the worst-hit districts in Kerala, with continuous rains overnight. Meanwhile the water levels at Cheruthoni dam have touched 2401 feet, just 2 feet short of its full reservoir level and as of Friday morning, three shutters of the dam have been raised, with the CMO Kerala Twitter handle stating that 125 cusecs of water being discharged.



Moreover rains show no signs of letting up, and water levels in the dam continue to rise, more shutters may be opened. Presently authorities have also imposed a ban on the movement of heavy goods vehicles and tourist vehicles in the high ranges of Idukki. As per report for the first time in 26 years, one shutter of the dam was opened on Thursday as water levels rose to nearly 2,399 feet in the reservoir, just 4 feet below its full capacity.

Third red alert issued to people living downstream in Kerala

Further Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday night put out a statement saying that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the situation in the state. Meanwhile Pinarayi Vijayan also said that he had called up his counterpart in Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy, to enquire about the situation in Karnataka, as parts of the state were also hit by rains. Vijayan said “Kumaraswamy has said that the Karnataka government had opened the shutters in the Kabini River to allow the water from Banasura dam in Wayanad to be released”.

Third red alert issued to people living downstream in Kerala

Third red alert issued to people living downstream in Kerala
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