Kochi: After torrential rains battered central Kerala, the district administration has alerted the people residing on the banks of Periyar and Chalakudy rivers. Unabating rains lashed the eastern parts of the district on Tuesday night. Isolated regions are still experiencing rainfall.
80.27 mm rainfall was received in the district till August 14 morning.
The low lying areas along the banks of Periyar were waterlogged. However, the heavy rain that lashed on Tuesday night didn’t result in any disasters. 24 families staying in around 46 acres of land were shifted to Neryamangalam GHSS on account of safety. District Collector had issued alert along banks of Periyar Tuesday night itself.
After rains intensified, the amount of water released from Bhoothathankettu dam to Periyar has been increased. The water level which was at 26.95m at Tuesday noon has reached at 27.90m Wednesday morning.
The shutters of Malankara dam, towards Moovattupuzha, were raised again by 10cm on Wednesday noon. At present the six shutters of the dam are raised by 30cm. Earlier, during heavy rain spell, the shutters were raised by 85cm.
Meanwhile, as inflow to the Peringalkuthu dam increased, it was decided to open the second sluice gate to maintain the water level at 419.41m. The authorities have informed that the water level in Chalakudy river would increase by 10cm. People along the banks of the river have been asked to stay vigilant.