Water level at Mullaperiyar dam reaches 136 ft as rain continues in Kerala; first warning issued

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Idukki: In the continuing heavy rain, the water level at Mullaperiyar dam rose to 136 ft on Saturday. In view of this, Tamil Nadu government has issued first warning. A second warning will be issued once the level reaches 138 ft.

Safety guidelines will be issued and precautionary measures will be taken once it reaches 140 ft.

In the meantime, heavy rain continues in Kumali, Adimali and other areas in the district and the inflow of water to the dam has be increasing steadily.

Heavy rain batters Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts on Saturday with three landslides reported in Pathanamthitta and one in Kottayam.

A car has been reportedly washed away in gushing water at Kottamanpara in Seethathodu.

Eastern areas of Kottayam, high-range zones of Pathanamthitta and several areas of Idukki have been receiving heavy rain from Saturday morning.

Koottickal, Mundakkayam, Erumeli and Eerattupetta in Kottayam have been reportedly receiving heavy rain. The water level in Manimalayar rose in the continuing downpour. Water logged in several houses on the banks of the river. The eastern areas of Kottayam had received rain only at night for the last two days. However, there was rain throughout from morning on Saturday.

Water logged in Erumeli, Kanjirappally, Mundakkayam and 26th Mile areas. Water entered Kanjirappally town areas too. Shop owners here have shifted commodities to safer zones. Traffic has been disrupted in these areas.

With the cyclonic circulation off the coast of southern Tamil Nadu chances for rain is predicted in Kerala till Sunday. The cyclonic movement has been moving and is staying close to Lakshadweep.

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