Kerala rains: TN likely to open Mullaperiyar shutters

Thiruvananthapuram: Rain-hit Idduki district in Kerala is bracing for surplussing of Mullaperiyar Dam as officials issued an alert for people living on the Periyar River banks with the water level in the reservoir crossing the 137 feet mark against its maximum of 142 feet.

The Tamilnadu government, which owns and operates the dam located upstream of Idukki Dam, has informed that it may release water into the Periyar river on the Kerala side from Mullaperiyar reservoir due to high inflows, an official release said.

The water level in the Mullaperiyar Dam stood at 137.4 feet. In view of the advice by Tamilnadu authorities, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has also decided to release more water from Cheruthoni dam, which is part of the Idukki reservoir, it said.

People living close to Periyar river banks in Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur have been asked to comply with the directions issued by the Collectors of these districts and move to relief camps, the release said.

Idukki District Collector Jeevan Babu said people living on the banks of the Periyar river have to be extremely alert and should shift to safer places before 9 pm.

The district administration and district disaster management authority have taken all precautions, he said.

The Idukki dam itself was opened after a gap of 26 years last week following copious inflows triggered by the heavy rains lashing the state for the past several days.

Almost all 40-odd rivers in the state are in spate.