All shutters of Edamalayar dam opened; low-lying areas along Periyar on alert

Two shutters of the Edamalayar dam under KSEB was opened on August 9 to let out excess water. Photo: Special Arrangement

Two shutters of the Edamalayar dam under KSEB was opened on August 9 to let out excess water. Photo: Special Arrangement

The low-lying regions along the Periyar river were placed on high alert after the four shutters of the Edamalayar dam were opened by 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

About 350 cumecs of water was released as the authorities remained hopeful that the Periyar would be able to hold the additional influx of water from the reservoirs.

A preliminary assessment made by the Irrigation department stated that the water level had not gone up, despite the influx following the opening of the shutters at Edamalayar. The water level at the Marthandavarma, Mangalappuzha and Kalady bridges was below the flood warning level at 9 p.m. The situation was similar at the river gauge station at Kacherithazham in Muvattupuzha river.

The water level at the Edamalayar reservoir was 164.75 m at 7 p.m. against the full reservoir level of 169 m at 4 p.m. District Collector Renu Raj said the situation was under control, but families living near the banks of the Periyar should remain alert.

All the shutters at the Bhoothathankettu barrage have been kept open above water level. A total of 1,600 to 1,700 cumecs have been released from Bhoothathankettu from 12 noon onwards. The authorities have permitted the Kerala State Electricity Board to release water from Edamalayar dam up to a maximum of 350 cumecs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

People in flood-prone areas such as Ward 13 in Eloor were keeping their fingers crossed as they hoped that the water released from the dams would not breach the banks of the river. K. M. Ismail, the member representing Powerloom and Bosco colonies in Ward 13 of the municipality, said most residents were staying back in their homes. A few families had shifted to the houses of their relatives, anticipating a rise in water level at night, he said.

All educational institutions functioning as relief camps in Ernakulam will remain closed on Wednesday, according to an official communication.

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