Orange Alert issued in Idukki!

The water level at the Idukki dam in Kerala touched 2,395 feet on Monday night, prompting the authorities to issue an orange alert.Authorities have asked all those living along the banks of Periyar River to stay alert.The full level of the dam is 2,404 feet.

Orange alert implies that the present condition has the capacity to significantly impact the people in the affected areas.An orange alert is the second level of the three alerts that are issued to warn people living in the downstream areas.The release of small quantity of water is unlikely to cause much of a flood, since the water level in the Periyar has subsided from what it was after the heavy rain that lashed the district recently.The state government has also alerted the army, navy, air force and coast guard to tackle an emergency situation.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) stated that the water-level touched 2,394.72 feet at 1 pm today against the full level of 2,403 feet. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) informed PTI that water will be released from the dam if the level reaches 2397 ft. To check for any obstruction and diversion on the route, water will be released initially on a trial basis for one or two hours, added KSEB.

As a part of the Idukki Hydroelectric Project, the Idukki reservoir was constructed with three dams namely Idukki, Cheruthoni, and Kulamavu. While Idukki dam is used for storing water, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu are used for routing water to the powerhouse. After evaluating the water level and rainfall, the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam will be opened.

Vijayan added that in case the shutters of the Cheruthoni dam are opened, the water would flow through Ernakulam from Idukki, before reaching the Arabian sea. Meanwhile, tourists have been restricted to visit some areas near the dam, stated the KSDMA