People dwelling in places likely to be affected have been asked to move to safer places
Dubai: One of the five shutters of the Idukki Cheruthoni was opened by 50 cm at 12.30 am local time. It was the middle shutter that was opened and it will remain open for 4 hours. 50 cubic metre of water will be released per second through this shutter.
The authorities have decided to stage the trial run when the water level in the dam reached 2398.88 feet.
Later at 4pm an inspection of the dam will be conducted.
Idukki district collector Jeevan Babu has informed that people dwelling in the valley of Cheruthoni dam and in an area of 100 metre near Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers should move to safer places.
18 dead in landslides and heavy rains in Kerala
Thiruvanathapuram: At least 18 people were killed as heavy rains and landslides hit parts of Kerala early today, officials said.
According to the disaster control room sources, 10 people were killed in landslides in Idukki, five in Malappuram, two in Kannur and one in Wayanad district. Three persons are missing — one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.
Five members of a family lost their lives in Idukki’s Adimali town. Two people were pulled out alive from the debris by the local people and police.
Around 600 cusecs of water were discharged from the Idamalayar dam this morning, with the water level rising to 169.95 metres against the full reservoir level (FRL) of 169m.
The water level at Idukki dam was 2,398 at 8 am, 50 feet against the FRL of 2,403 feet.
The administration has been put on high-alert.
Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Waynad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode. Two teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala.
Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and some other districts due to the rains.
(With inputs from news agencies)