Flood water flow to Thottappally spillway intensifies
Ambalappuzha: The flow of flood water from eastern region to Thottappally Spillway has intensified. Only 50 percent of the water is reaching the sea, which in turn has flooded the surrounding areas.
The water from Pamba river and remote water bodies is supposed to be released to the sea through the spillway. Since the flow through the spillway has slowed down, both sides of the water bodies are under water. Water bodies like T. S. Canal have overflowed.
Many houses in the premises of Thottappally spillway have submerged in water. If the water level rises further, the national highway near Thottappally Littleway is likely to be flooded. People in the area were shifted to relief camps.
Flood in Kuttanadu and Upper Kuttanadu regions will recede only if the water flows to the sea. The works to broaden the port is progressing. The irrigation department officers are still managing the works. However, the usual flood tides during ‘Karakkadaka Vavu’ and ‘Atham’ days were not intense.
This eased the water flow to the sea. The flood water may take days to reach the sea through spillway under present circumstances. Purakkad, Karuvatta, Thakazhi and Ambalappuzha panchayats suffered the flood havoc mostly.
The demand for urgent deepening of the spillway before the monsoon has been raised again. The locals raised the demand in this regard to minister G. Sudhakaran the other day during his visit to the spillway.