Houses flooded after opening of shutters | Photo: Mathrubhumi News Screengrab
Idukki: Ignoring the request of Kerala, Tamil Nadu once again opened the shutters of Mullaperiyar dam without issuing a warning. The water level at Mullaperiyar dam had touched 142 feet on Sunday night. Following this, Tamil Nadu opened 9 shutters of the dam during the night which flooded numerous houses at Vandiperiyar.
5668 cumecs of water is being released from the dam per second. With the increase in water level, Tamil Nadu has started drawing 1800 cusecs of water from the dam.
The state government informed that those affected by the flood will be moved to other places and that necessary measures will be taken to ensure this. The locals are raising serious concerns against the frequent opening of the shutters without warning.
Mainly the areas of Manjumala and Kadasikadavu were inundated with the opening of dam shutters. The locals say that they are scared to sleep at night fearing an impending disaster that may take place due to the opening of dam’s shutters without warning.
Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had sent a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister asking him to issue a warning before opening the shutters and to do it in daylight and not during the night.