New Delhi: With Kerala yet again staring at a flood-like situation similar to that of 2018, the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday, wrote to MK Stalin, his counterpart in Tamil Nadu, requesting his “urgent intervention” to regulate the water discharge from the Mullaperiyar dam, so as to steadily bring down the water level to a safe point.
“The water level of Mullaperiyar dam is nearing 136 ft. If this situation persists, there will be a drastic rise in the water level in the dam due to heavy inflow in the dam. I would request you to kindly give directions to authorities concerned to ensure that the outflow/discharge from the dam is more than the inflow taking into consideration the heavy rainfall in the catchment area of the dam,” said Pinarayi Vijayan in his letter to the Tamil Nadu CM.
The water level at the dam, situated on the Periyar river was at 137.25 feet around 9 am on Friday morning and according to a communication from the Kerala government, the shutters of the dam were raised by 30 centimetres at 11:30 am.
Similar to the 2018 floods caused due to heavy rainfall, the incessant downpour this time around has also wreaked havoc in many parts of the state, especially in central Kerala where several low lying areas were inundated. On thursday alone, 3 persons in the state lost their lives to rain related accidents, taking the total death toll in the last 5 days to 22.
The Indian Meteorological Department has also issued an Orange alert (Heavy to Very Heavy Rain) in the districts of Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod on Friday and a Yellow Alert (Moderate rain) in the districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam.