Kerala gets a breather as rain relents, Idukki dam water level ebbs
Idukki district collector Jeevan Babu said water level in Idukki reservoir has come down a bit as rainfall in catchment areas subsided.Updated: Aug 11, 2018 14:37 IST
Torrential rain which triggered flood and landslides across Kerala and claimed 30 lives so far subsided on Saturday bringing some relief to the harried state and enabling Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to make an aerial survey of the worst affected Idukki district and surrounding areas.
Idukki district collector Jeevan Babu said water level in Idukki reservoir has come down a bit as rainfall in catchment areas subsided. Currently, 750,000 litres of water are being released from the dam every second to bring down the water level in the swollen reservoir.
“We are monitoring the situation closely,” said state power minister M M Mani who hails from Idukki.
On Friday, 100 mm rainfall was recorded in the dam catchment areas but on Saturday it came down to 60 mm giving enough relief to the harried district administration. State Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan who is camping in Aluva said situation was under control.
The state government had declared a red alert in eight flood-hit districts on Friday after the Indian Meteorological Department forecast heavy rain for two more days. More than 53,000 people have been shifted to relief camps and units of three armed forces and NDRF teams have been deployed in worst-affected areas.
“The timely deployment of these rescue teams helped save many lives,” Chandrasekharan said.
Many areas of the port city of Kochi are without drinking water for last two days after the flood deposited sludge in the main pumping unit in Aluva. The Kerala Water Authority said water supply will be restored in a day.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday. Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons said the state was hit by the worst flood in its history and the Centre would provide all help to it. At least 57 stranded tourists, including 24 foreigners, were rescued by an army team in the hill station of Munnar on Friday.