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Red alert issued as the water-level in Idamalayar dam has swelled. KSEB has informed that the shutter gates of Idamalayar dam will be opened at 6 AM tomorrow. People living on the banks of river Periyar must exercise caution. However this is no cause for panic.
If the water-level rises up to 170 m before 6 am tomorrow (9-8-2018), then one shutter will be operated to release 82 cumecs of water. The increase in water level from this release will be limited and is estimated to be contained within the river banks.
The Ernakulam district collector has informed that all necessary preparations have been made. Updates will be provided through his facebook page,
Stringent action will be taken against those who spread misinformation over social media about the dam opening. Official updates are available on toll free numbers 7902200300, 7902200400, 04842423513.
2 shutters of Idamalayar dam were opened at 5 AM.
Heavy rains are causing destruction in many parts of the State. Debris flows and soil erosions have occurred in Wayanad, Idukki & Malappuram districts.
The help of forces has been sought.They have been deployed for the rescue efforts in Wayanad, Idukki, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.
Three teams of NDRF have been deployed at Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts. Army, Navy, Police and Fire Force are active in rescue efforts.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan has informed that the safety and protection of the people are given priority. All things possible will be done to ensure that. People living on river banks must be cautious.
Heavy rains have necessitated the opening of the shutters of Idukki Cheruthoni dam. A trial run will commence soon. Situation is under control and there is no need for panic.
The trial run of the Idukki dam shutter opening will continue at the same rate through the night. 24 dams have been opened so far, which is unprecedented and is telling of the seriousness of the situation. People living in the downstream areas of these dams must be cautious.
An MI 17v aircraft of Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) carrying a team of National Disaster Response Force is airborne from Kozhikode to the rain affected district of Wayanad. This is a very rare event, as such operations are usually not conducted after the sun is down.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the progress of various efforts embarked to tackle the rain havoc. Earlier in the day, a special meeting was held by the CM to decide on the course of actions. Potent efforts are being carried out by the Central forces, NDRF, Police & fire Force.
Ministers are leading the work at district level. MLAs and other representatives are actively participating in the disaster management efforts. A 15 member NDRF team was brought to Wayanad in a helicopter.
3 teams of NDRF have reached Kozhikode. A 48-member strong team will reach Wayanad by tomorrow morning. A team of 28 members will go to Malappuram, another 28 members of NDRF will concentrate their work in Kozhikode.
Another 3 teams of NDRF will reach Palakkad by night. 28 members of this batch will focus on disaster management efforts in palakkad and a 48 member team will go to Idukki. An army team from Kannur is on their way to Wayanad through the Periya Ghat pass.
The Military Engineering Group will reach Kozhikode by tonight, who will work in the affected areas of Kozhikode & Malappuram. Another batch will reach Coimbatore tonight, who will proceed to Wayanad from there. A 3rd batch will reach Ernakulam, who will then go to Idukki.
A 15 member team of Navy is in Malappuram. Another 5 members are in Wayanad. A team from Ezhimala Naval academy has started for Wayanad.
A special coordination cell is functioning in the Secretariat under the leadership of Addl. CS P. H. Kurian. NDRF Commandant Rekha Nambiar has arrived in Thiruvananthapuram and is working with this cell.
AN 32, two MI 17 and one ALH aircraft of the AIr Force and one ALH helicopter each of the Navy and Coast Guard are currently in service. Government has ensured the availability of a C17 aircraft if a need arises.
District collectors were given permissions to hire necessary number of bulldozers, generators & lights. They were instructed to provide food, water, clothes and toilet facilities for the people staying in relief camps. The service of doctors has been ensured in the camps.
CM has directed officials to provide all facilities in these camps in the model of Kuttanad relief efforts.
A ban has been imposed on the movement of heavy goods vehicles and tourist vehicles in the high ranges of Idukki. The decision was taken on account of unabated rains in the area.
Updates on Idukki Cheruthoni dam: 3 shutters of the dam have been raised. 125 cusecs of water are being discharged in the spill.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the efforts taken to tackle the rain havoc. The meeting expressed satisfaction at the flood relief efforts being carried out by Army, Navy, Air Force, NDRF & Coast Guard.
As the water-level in Idukki dam continues to rise, more water will have to be released. It has been estimated that at least 3 times the volume that is being released now will have to be spilled. This will raise the water-level in Periyar river and its subsidiaries.
Considering the situation, CM has instructed to alert the people living in downstream areas with the help of announcements. He has also instructed to relocate people living in vulnerable areas.
All 5 shutters of Cheruthoni dam have been opened in the wake of heavy rainfall. Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts have been alerted. People are being evacuated from the areas near Periyar.
Contribute generously to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan visited the flood monitoring cell in State Secretariat and reviewed its functioning. #KeralaFloods2018
It has been intimated that Tamil Nadu may release water to Kerala side of Periyar from Mullaperiyar reservoir considering high inflow into the reservoir. Hence, KSDMA has decided to release more water from the Cheruthoni Dam. #KeralaFloods
People living close to the banks of Periyar, which flows through Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts, should comply with the directions issued by District Collectors of these districts and move to relief camps. #KeralaFloods
Water will be released from the Mullaperiyar reservoir by 1:30 AM. People in the villages of Manjumala, Kumily, Periyar, Upputhura and Ayyapankovil have been relocated. People living on the banks of Periyar must be cautious. #KeralaFloods
The operations of Kochi International Airport (COK) has been temporarily suspended till 18th Saturday 2 PM due to the heavy rains rains and resultant flooding. CIAL isworking hard to drain out the storm water. Emergency control room numbers: 0484 3053500, 2610094 #KeralaFloods

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