Mullaperiyar dam | Photo: PP Ratheesh | Mathrubhumi
Idukki: The water level in Mullaperiyar dam increased following heavy rainfall in the catchment areas. At present, the water level has reached 140.35 feet while the permitted level is 141 feet. Tamil Nadu is likely to release water before reaching this level. They have informed that the spillway shutters of Mullaperiyar dam will be opened any time as water level keeps increasing.
Though rainfall has reduced in Idukki district compared to the previous days, water flow into the dam continues. Meanwhile, the water level in Idukki dam is also increasing. Current water level in Idukki dam is at 2399.10 feet. One of the dam shutters was opened on Sunday.
If water flow continues at the same rate in the catchment areas, two more shutters may be opened, the district administration informed. Presently, one shutter of Idukki dam has been opened by 40 centimetres. Upto 40,000 litres of water is being released through the opened shutter.