Kerala watches water levels in Malampuzha, Idukki, Mullaperiyar dams closely


Malampuzha Dam / File photo: Arun Krishnankutty

Thrissur/Palakkad: Revenue minister K Rajan on Friday morning said that the shutters of Malampuzha dam will not be opened immediately.

Authorities are observing the water level on Malampuzha Dam and as per the communication issued by Palakkad Executive Engineer on August 4, the spillway shutters will be raised if it reaches the rule curve level 112.99 m. The opening is probable on August 5 by 9:00 AM, said the release.

As per the social media post of Thrissur collector, the water level in the dam as on August 5, 7:00 AM was at 112.29 m. The maximum limit of the dam is 115.06 m.

If the shutters are raised, discharge will reach the river and those residing in banks of Mukkaipuzha, Kalpathy, Bharathapuzha are urged to maintain caution.

Water level in Idukki dam has touched 2380.32 ft. An orange alert will be issued when it reaches 2381.53 ft. The maximum storage level is 2,403 ft. In Mullaperiyar, the level is 137.05 ft on Friday morning. If the inflow continues, the dam will be opened on Friday. Maximum capacity of the dam is 137.5 ft.

Meanwhile, four shutters of Aliyar dam were closed. Only seven are open now. Rain in Parambikulam and Aliyar have reduced.

Houses in Chathamangalam areas were flooded as Pothundi dam was opened.

As many as 30 shutters of the Thottappally spillway in Kuttanad were opened causing flooding in various villages of Alappuzha.

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