Water level rises in Mullaperiyar Dam again; 5 shutters raised

Mullaperiyar Dam

Kumily: Due to heavy rains at night, the water level in Mullaperiyar Dam rose again and as a result the five shutters of the dam were raised.

At present, a total of six shutters of the dam are open. The shutters are raised to 60 cm and 3,005 cubic feet water is being released. The water level is at 138.95 feet. The five shutters of the dam, which were opened last week, were shut on Tuesday as the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam starting to drop.

Meanwhile, sub-supervisory committee of Mullaperiyar dam instituted by the Supreme Court inspected the dam on Tuesday. Central Water Commission executive engineer Sharavana Kumar and Water Resource Department official NS Praseed and Hari Kumar represented Kerala. While Tamil Nadu PWD officials Sam Irvin and Kumar represented their state.

Amid this, India Meteorological Department(IMD) has forecast that South India is likely to receive above normal rainfall – over 122 per cent of its long period average – in November. “Rainfall for November over the South Peninsular India (Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south interior Karnataka) is most likely to be above normal (>122 per cent of long period average ),” it said. Notably, eight districts in Kerala have been issued yellow alert.

The low-pressure area formed in Bay of Bengal at present is over Kanyakumari and other nearby regions. There are reports that within 24 hours, low-pressure area will be over south-eastern part of Arabian Sea and in the next 48 hours it is likely to be more intense travelling through north and north-western regions.

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