Heavy rains: Floods likely, authorities warn public
Thiruvananthapuram: As rain intensified across the state, the authorities have informed that shutters of most of the dams are being opened gradually. Observing the possibility of floods with rise of water level in rivers, people residing close to river banks and other water resources are advised to stay vigilant.
According to the latest reports, 5 shutters of Pathanamthitta Maniyar barrage are likely to be opened by 10 cm to 120 cm any time. Since August 4, the shutters of Maniyar barrage were being opened.
At present, heavy rains are recorded in the eastern regions of Pathanamthitta district and catchment area of the dams here.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meterological Department forecast extremly heavy rain in Pathanamthitta till August 9, Saturday. It is examined that the water flow to Maniyar barrage will be too heavy till August 10, Sunday. Hence, 5 shutters of the barrage will be raised any time for maintaining the water level at 34.62 metres.
If the shutters of Maniyar barrage are opened, the water level of Kakkad river will rise by 30 cm to 2 m. People residing close to Kakkadu river and Pamba river as well as natives of Maniyar, Perunad, Vadasserikkara, Ranni, Kozhenjery and Aranmula are advised to stay vigilant. People are strictly restricted from venturing into rivers, informed Pathanamthitta collector PB Noooh.
The officials also informed that water level in Kothamangalam river is increasing at an alarming level. Flood prone level of water in Kothamangalam river is marked at 9.015 metre. But by Thursday morning, the water level crossed 10.005 metres.
Flood warning is issued for Pallarimangalam,Kothamangalam municipality, Varapetty and Payipra, Muvattupuzha municipality and people were alerted, informed district administration authority.
Water level is also increasing in Thodupuzha river, Killiyar river, Kothamangalam river and Muvattupuzha river hinting chances of flood any time. People residing close to these rivers are also cautioned to stay vigilant.
People residing near the banks of Muvattupuzha river and Periyar river are also alerted.
In Vannappuram region, 5.5 mm rain was recorded and 12.2 mm in Piravam. At the same time, 1.2 mm rain was recorded at Keerampara. As rain intensified in eastern districts, 2nd shutter of Aruvikkara dam was raised by 20 cm on Thursday.
Meanwhile, dams in northern Kerala are almost starting to fill its maximum capacity.