Kerala rains: Kochi faces drinking water shortage

Kochi: Kochi is experiencing a shortage of drinking water as gushing flood waters due to rains have affected pumping operations from the Periyar river, officials said.

State Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, who reviewed the situation in Aluva this morning, said officials have been directed to distribute food grains and drinking water to people in the affected areas.

“We have made alternative arrangements to ensure drinking water supply in the affected areas,” he said. Ernakulam district administration said there was 20 per cent deduction in supply of drinking water.

District Collector Muhammed Y Safirulla urged people use water wisely in view of the emerging crisis.

Kerala Water Authority officials yesterday said high turbidity in the Periyar river had hit pumping and distribution of drinking water supply at Aluva, Eloor, Kalamassery, Thrikkakara, Cheranellur, Elankunnapuzha, Njarackal, Mulavukad and part of Kochi corporation.

Deputy Mayor of Kochi T J Vinod alleged that no steps were taken to ensure drinking water to Kochi and nearby municipalities in view of the “crisis” arising out of rising water level in Periyar affecting pumping from Aluva.

Heavy rains pounding Kerala since 8 August triggered a series of landslides in the hilly Idukki district and northern parts, killing 26 people.