CM chairs high-level meet; Expert Committee to take decision on opening of dams

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Thiruvananthapuram: An expert committee has been set up to decide on whether the dams should be opened in the state. The chief minister chaired a high-level meeting on Monday morning to assess the rain damage and water level in dams.

The expert committee will identify and decide which dams should be opened depending on the water levels. In the meeting, CM said that the concerned authorities should inform the district collectors hours before opening the dam and people should be given enough time for evacuation.

Meantime, a red alert has been issued for the Moozhiyar Dam in Pathanamthitta district, Sholayar and Peringalkuthu in Thrissur district, Kundala, Kallarkutty, Mattupetty, Lower Periyar and Moozhiyar dams in Idukki district.

An orange alert has been declared for Idukki dam, Mattupetty dam, Ponmudi dam and Pamba dam. Further, blue alert has been sounded for Edamalayar dam in Ernakulam district.

The review meeting has also decided to completely cancel the pilgrimage during Sabarimala season in the wake of water level increasing in Pamba River.

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