Red alert sounded in Idukki dam, water level hits 2382.52 ft


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Idukki: A red alert has been sounded for the Idukki dam as the water level in the reservoir touched 2382.52 feet on Saturday at 7.30 am. The water level has been rising continuously for the past 10 days due to the incessant rainfall in the catchment area.

Currently, the reservoir holds 82.89 per cent of its total capacity. An orange alert was issued for the dam on Friday when the water level touched 2381.52 feet here. An increase of one foot was recorded in the water level within a night in the Idukki reservoir.

The emergency planning manager announced a red alert to facilitate the release of additional inflow through the spillways of the dam.

According to the rule curve, a blue alert will be declared for the reservoir if the water level reaches 2375.53 feet, an orange alert for 2381.53 feet and a red alert for 2382.53 feet.

In every 3 hours, the reservoir receives 5.838 million cubic metres of water from which 1.5201 million cubic metres of water is utilised for generating electricity.

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