The Moolatharam Dam in Chittur taluk was breached in the heavy flow of water released from Aliyar Dam in Tamil Nadu allegedly without notice thus flooding the Chitturpuzha and the low laying areas of Chittur taluk.
Since the Moolathara Dam shutters could not be opened the dam sides got breached and the water is rushing down flooding the whole area. Many houses are under water.
Since the Dam was breached at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday a major casualty was averted.
If the breaching was during night time many people would have been washed away as many houses were submerged in the flood water.
The Irrigation Department sources here said that the Mulathara Dam which was already full in the heavy rain could not withstand the heavy flow of water released from Aliyar Dam by Tamil Nadu authorities without giving any notice of opening of its shutters.
The heavy rain in Tamil Nadu has led to the Aliyar Dam reaching the Full Reservoir Level resulting in its opening.
The breaching of the Dam resulted in the Kunnamkattupathy mini-dam getting overflowed submerging the surrounding areas including the water supply schemes of the Kerala Water Authority.
The Water Authority has stopped pumping of water from the river as turbid water is flowing down the river which cannot be treated for drinking purpose, said R. Jayachandran Assistant Executive Engineer of Kerala Water Authority, Chittur.
The water rushing down has flooded paddy fields and submerged the Chitturpuzha bridge connecting Pudunagaram and Thathamangalam.
The Electricity Minister A.K. Balan, District Collector A.T James, District Superintendent of Police Vijay Sakhare and other top officials from the Irrigation and Revenue Departments are camping in the area to take urgent steps to avoid any casualty from the breaching of the Mulathara Dam.