Orange alert in Idamalayar too; Malampuzha to be opened on Wednesday

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Thiruvananthapuram: With the water level crossing the limits, orange alert has been issued in Idamalayar dam on Wednesday. Idamalayar dam was under blue alert, which is the primary alert, on Tuesday. Orange alert was issued after the water level reached 167.03 metre. Maximum storage capacity of Idamalayar dam is 169 metres.

Unlike other dams in the state, water level is gauged in metres in Idamalayar dam. Since heavy rain continues in the catchment areas, water flow is intense. Red alert will be issued when the water level reaches 168 metres. Meanwhile, the district administration have informed that there is no need to worry.

Orange alert was issued in Kakki Dam on Tuesday. Both the dams are under control of electricity board. Though orange alert was issued in Pampa also, later the dam safety wing of the electricity board withdrew it as the strong current decreased. Idukki dam has reached 2395.82 feet on Wednesday morning.

Due to the heavy rains, 78 dams in the state are about to reach their maximum storage capacity soon. 25 dams have already opened the shutters. This is the first time that shutters of such a large number of dams were opened in the state.

Some more dams will open shutters if rain continues. There are 58 dams under control of the electricity board, two under the water authority and 18 under the irrigation department.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Aruvikkara and Peppara dams under the water authority have opened their shutters. The shutters of Neyyar dam under irrigation department have also been opened. Malampuzha dam has reached its maximum capacity and a final alert was issued.

Shutters of Kallada, Peechi, Malankara, Mangalam, Bhoothathankettu, Maniyar and Siruvani dams under irrigation department were already opened. Some other dams are opened and closed in regular intervals to control the water levels.

Water level was controlled by opening shutters in Kallarkutty, Kuttiady, Lower Periyar, Banasura Sagar, Sholayar, Peringalkuthu and Chenkulam under the electricity department. 16 major dams of hydroelectric projects have reached 91 percent of their maximum storage capacity.

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