Heavy rains: Security beefed up at dams in Idukki; 5 dam shutters opened
Heavy rains: Security beefed up at dams in Idukki; 5 dam shutters opened

Heavy rains: Security beefed up at dams in Idukki; 5 dam shutters opened


heruthoni: The security at dams in Idukki was beefed up following the orange and red alerts issued in the district. The shutters of five major dams were opened as they reached 95 percent of their maximum capacity. The water level in Mullaperiyar dam rose by 3 ft in a day due to the heavy rains. The water level which was at 127 ft on Wednesday rose to 130 ft. The water level reached 97 per cent of the maximum capacity in Kallarkutty dam. One of its shutter was raised by 1.5 ft and 1500 litre water was released in a second. Two shutters of Mattupetty dam was raised by 1 ft and 2500 litre water let out in a second. Also, two shutters of Ponmudi dam and two gates of Kundala dam have been opened. As the Anayirankal dam have no shutter systems, the water keeps flowing out. But the water level in Pambla dam have water only upto 72 per cent of its maximum capacity. The water level in Idukki dam was marked at 2387.76 feet on Thursday and have reached 82.54 per cent of its maximum capacity. Heavy rain continues in the catchment areas of Mullaperiyar dam from Thursday afternoon. Until Thursday evening, 35 mm rain was received in the dam and 38 mm rain was received in Thekkady. While 5500 cubic ft water flows into the dam per second, only 1450 cubic ft was taken by Tamil Nadu. Mullaperiyar dam has a history of having its water level increased by more than 6 ft in a single day's rain during northeast monsoon. The subcommittee is likely to visit the dam shortly as the water level has been rising. As heavy rain continues, control rooms have already been opened in all dams except Idukki dam. A control room will be opened at Idukki dam on Friday.



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