Water level rises in Chalakudy river; minister asks people to relocate to safe shelters

Thrissur: Minister K Rajan urged the people residing on the banks of the Chalakudy river to move to temporary shelters as the river is likely to flow above the danger level. The inflow in the Chalakudy river is attributed to the release of water from the Parambikulam and Peringalkuth dams. The state government and Thrissur district administration issued a warning in the wake of these recent developments.

Meanwhile, Thrissur district collector Haritha V Kumar asked those people affected during the 2018 and 2019 floods to cooperate with evacuation if the water level in the Chalakudy river continues to rise.

An hour ago, 16,100 cusecs of water were released from Paramabikulam dam. It is reported that 17,480 cusecs of water are reaching the Chalakudy river. The increase in water level is largely due to constant rain in the catchment area.

"All living near the banks of the Chalakudy river will be evacuated. People should move to camps without a second thought. Please don't plan to move once the water level rises," Minister R Rajan said.

He also appealed to the people to refrain from entering or going near the waterbodies to engage in any activities.

"Police and revenue authorities will be called into action if people refuse to leave home. At Chalakudy, arrangements are being made to bring in fishing boats for the rescue operation," he added.

He also discouraged people from exploring hilly areas due to the risk of landslides and mudslides.

He also pointed out that the state had noticed fishermen going to sea despite warnings.

"Ten teams of NDRF are deployed in areas in case of an emergency. Further, Navy, Air Force, Army, Border Police, CRPF, BSF, Civil Defence, and Fire & Rescue Force are also prepared for action," he said.

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