Water level of Chalakudy river to touch danger mark by night, authority speeds up evacuation

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An aerial view of Pariyaram region near Chalakudy river. Photo: GR Rahul

Thrissur: The water level of the Chalakudy river is likely to cross the danger mark as shutters of three dams opened. Water is being released from Kerala Sholayar, Peringalkuthu and Parambikulam dams. As heavy rains continue in the catchment area of the dams and the river, the water level will increase rapidly.

The water released from the dams is expected to reach the Chalakudy river by night.

Minister K Rajan and the Thrissur district authority informed that the Chalakudy river and its premises are facing a grave situation. It is rumoured that the district is likely to face a situation similar to the 2018 floods.
Thrissur and Ernakulam district authorities have been evacuating people residing on the banks of the Chalakudy river. A warning level will be marked when the water level of the Chalakudy river touches 7.10 metres. If the water level rises to 8 metres, it will trigger a serious threat. But so far, the water level is marked below 7.

As the rains intensified in the state and in anticipation of water in the Chalakudy river rising further, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned residents along its banks and those in low-lying areas of Thrissur and Ernakulam districts to be cautious and to be ready to evacuate as per instructions of the authorities.

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