Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on Mullaperiyar dam, says Kerala flood situation grave

The plea seeks a decision on disaster management steps in the background of the floods, confusion between Kerala and TN Chief Ministers as water in the Mullaperiyar Dam has crossed 142-ft threshold.

Published: 16th August 2018 03:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2018 03:10 PM   |  A+A-

Mullaperiyar Dam. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today termed as "grave" the flood situation in Kerala and agreed to hear a plea seeking Centre's mediation between Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments on the issue of the Mullaperiyar Dam crossing the 142 ft threshold.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Indu Malhotra considered the submission of a lawyer and agreed to hear the plea today itself.

Kerala floods UPDATES: Toll touches 79 as 12 more die

The plea seeks a decision on disaster management steps in the background of the floods, opening of 33 dams in Kerala, confusion between Kerala and Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers as water in the Mullaperiyar Dam has crossed the 142-ft threshold.

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safety, as water levels rise every hour | Albin Mathew

The death toll in the current phase of monsoon fury in the southern state has crossed 70, while rains and flood water has caused extensive damage.

Rise in flood waters in Periyar river due to the rains and opening of all shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir, and Idamalayar, have severely affected lives of people in downstream areas.



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