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Kerala floods: Water level falls, but rain continues in Idukki, Wayanad

Houses submerged at Thadiyampadu, in Cheruthoni.

Houses submerged at Thadiyampadu, in Cheruthoni.   | Photo Credit: S. Anandan

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Water level in the Idukki hydel reservoir has dropped below the 2,400 ft. mark, but the situation in large parts of Idukki remains grim with heavy displacement of people and continuing rains.

Latest updates on the storage level in the key dams of the Idukki hydel reservoir system showed that the water level in the Idukki dam has fallen to 2399.16 ft. and that in the Idamalayar dam, it has dropped to 168.90 metres against the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of 169 metres. The water level in the Mullaiperiyar dam is 135.20 ft. The shutters of the Banasurasagar dam has been raised from 80 cm to 90 cm to ease the pressure of water following heavy rains in Wayanad district.

Around 1,000 families are stuck in relief camps in Idukki owing to the continuing rains and damage to homes, roads and bridges.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Kochi around 12.30 pm and would go on an aerial survey of the flood-ravged areas.

He would hold discussions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Ministers and officials on the disaster mitigation measures already taken and further steps to be taken to provide relief to the flood-hit people.

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