The water level in the Mullaperiyar dam has been rising steadily over the last few days due to the incessant rain lashing the catchment areas for the past few days.
Three shutters of Cheruthoni dam raised by 35cm, releasing one lakh litres of water per second , 64 families from five panchayats on banks of river shifted to camps as precautionary measure
As the water gushed down the dam, the level rose in the Cheruthoni river which is a tributary of the Periyar
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Hundreds of tourists are flocking to the Idukki dam site to enjoy the Pooja holidays and to experience the scenic beauty of the dam filled to the brim.
Data released by the India Meteorological Department show the district received ‘excess’ pre-monsoon showers from March till May.
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Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of over 150 people in the state in three days.
Most of the deaths have been reported from Idukki district (11), followed by Malappuram (6), Kozhikode (2) and Wayanad (1), Ernakulam (2) in the last 24 hours.
In order to carry out relief operations, the state government has requested assistance from the Southern Naval Command, said a Naval spokesperson.
The water level recorded in Idukki Dam on Thursday was at 2398.80 ft, which is only 0.20 ft away from issuing red alert.
The Kerala State Electricity Board authorities have informed the district administration that they are ready the conduct trial run at the Cheruthony Dam.
The rising water level in the Idukki dam (it was 2,394.36 feet on Sunday) has triggered fear among the people in the downstream areas.
The KSEB is monitoring the situation and has worked out the modalities of opening the shutters before the water level reaches 2400 ft.