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Kerala rain: People living near Periyar in Ernakulam shifted to safer areas

The Shiva temple on the banks of the Periyar river in Aluva partially submerged as heavy overnight rains flooded the river. Residents on the banks of Periyar and it's tributaries are being shifted to relief shelters in several places.

The Shiva temple on the banks of the Periyar river in Aluva partially submerged as heavy overnight rains flooded the river. Residents on the banks of Periyar and it's tributaries are being shifted to relief shelters in several places.   | Photo Credit: Vibhu H.

Relentless rain since Thursday night continued to pound on the low-lying areas in Ernakulam as hundreds were shifted to safer destinations as a precautionary measure against the rising water levels in the Periyar and Muvattupuzha rivers as on Friday afternoon.

The water level near the Marthandavarma bridge in Aluva was 2.93 metre against the danger level of 3.76 metre at 12 noon while the corresponding figures in Mangalapuzha bridge was 3.30 and 4.33 metres respectively.

The water level in Muvattupuzha river basin reached the 10.56 mark against the flood warning level of 9.01 metre. The water level in Bhoothathankettu barrage was 29.5 metre against the full reservoir level of 34.95 metre. All the 15 shutters have been kept open to release the waters.

Ernakulam District Collector S. Suhas said in a Facebook live that the district administration was keeping a close watch over the water levels in Edamalayar, Idukki and Malankara dams. The revenue wing has been alerted to monitor the situation in Muvattupuzha river basin.

Over 300 persons have been shifted to 11 camps opened in the district. Separate camps have been set up to accommodate the senior citizens and those under quarantine as part of the COVID-19 measures taken in the district, he said.

Minister for Agriculture V. S. Sunil Kumar said that floodwaters had entered the low-lying areas close to the Periyar and Muvattupuzha rivers. Special care was given to areas that were affected by the floods in 2018 and 2019.

The Departments of Police, Revenue and Local-Self Government were ready to meet any emergency, he said.

Fire Force personnel in the affected areas in the district were deployed to rescue people and shift them to safer destinations.

"We have also trained nearly 30 civil defence volunteers after the previous floods to act as first defence personnel along with the firemen in the flood-affected areas. They are all on the ground from Friday morning," said T. B. Ramakrishnan, station officer, Eloor fire station.

Musthafa, a senior civil defence volunteer, said that they had helped people shift their belongings to the relief camps in places like Kayanttinkara, Elookara and Cheranallor on Friday morning.

We are also actively involved with the local communities by issuing regular alerts on the rising water levels among the public. A reserve of 85 civil defence volunteers is ready to be deployed to meet the situation, he said.

Manju Siju, chairperson of Kothamangalam municipality, said that 40 persons in Jawahar colony, Thangalam, were shifted to two camps set up at IMA hall and Town UP School after floodwaters entered their homes.

Nearly 20 families in Ilahia colony, Muvattupuzha were shifted to Govt. JB School, Vazhappilly.

The Shiva temple on the banks of the Periyar river in Aluva partially submerged as heavy overnight rains flooded the river. Residents on the banks of Periyar and it's tributaries are being shifted to relief shelters in several places.

The Shiva temple on the banks of the Periyar river in Aluva partially submerged as heavy overnight rains flooded the river. Residents on the banks of Periyar and it's tributaries are being shifted to relief shelters in several places.   | Photo Credit: Vibhu H.

 

The Aluva Mahadeva Temple on the banks of Periyar was almost submerged in the rising water levels in the river. Nearly 100 persons in ward-13 of Eloor municipality have been shifted to relief camps following the flooding. All the shutters at Pathalam and Kanakkankadavu regulators have been opened to maximum height. In Chalakkudy river, the water level had reached red alert level of plus 45 metre near the Vettilappara river gauge station.

Six relief camps were opened in Kothamangalam taluk. Nearly 60 families have been shifted to these camps. Ninety families in Kochi taluk have also been shifted to relief camps. The flood waters inundated several homes in Chellanam. The authorities had asked people residing near the Muvattupuzha river to remain alert in view of the increasing water level.

The forest area in Manikantanchal in Kuttampuzha was facing a flood threat and the district administration asked the Forest Department to monitor the situation and open camps, if required. Fifty families under Paravur taluk have been shifted to two camps.

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