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Kerala: Water level in Idukki dam likely to touch red alert level today, says KSEB

The Kerala State Electricity Board has said that the water level in Idukki dam is likely to touch the red alert level by this evening.

A state-level expert committee on dams will take a decision on releasing water from the dam soon.

Following this, the Ernakulam district administration has begun taking precautionary measures on a war footing.

Meanwhile, two shutters of the Kakki dam in Pathanamthitta district and a  spillway gate of Sholayar dam in Thrissur district has been opened. People living on the banks of Pampa, Kakkattar and Chalakkudi rivers have been asked to remain alert.

State Revenue Minister K Rajan told media persons in Pathanamthitta that all arrangements have been made to shift people to safe places in case of emergency.

With more rains predicted during the days ahead, the minister indicated that the Sabarimala pilgrimage will continue to remain suspended.

The body of a three year old boy, belonging to a vagabond family, was found at Nellikunnu in  Kottarakkara. The child was sleeping on the verandah of a shop, when he was swept away by flash floods two days ago.

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Heavy rains during the past two days in the central districts of Kerala had wrecked large-scale destruction to life and property.

Although the ferocity of the rain has come down,  many areas continue to remain water logged, making life miserable for the survivors.

Nature’s wrath was so ferocious that it destroyed everything on its path, rendering many homeless overnight. Homes and shops that survived the onslaught are filled with slush and may take days to clear.

Heavy rain during the past two days in Kottayam and Pathanthitta districts have kept people living in the low lying areas of Alappuzha district on tenterhooks. Many areas in the district remain under water and people have been shifted to safety. With the  opening of Kakki dam in Pathanamthitta,  the water level of the rivers in Alappuzha is further slated to rise.

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