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There is no reason to worry, says P Rajeev

Kochi: Kerala Industries Minister P Rajeev on Saturday chaired a meeting of officials to review the situation as the Idukki district authority has decided to open the Cheruthoni dam of Idukki reservoir to discharge excess water on Sunday.

He said that there is no need for any concern regarding the opening of the Idukki dam to discharge the excess water, as the rivers and rivulets of the Periyar river have been cleared to ensure the natural flow of water.

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which manages the dam, has issued a red alert as the water level has risen to 2,383.3 feet. The board also said that the catchment area received moderate rains.

“Under the prevailing conditions, there is no need to worry. The water reaching Periyar from the Idukki dam can be easily adjusted as the tributaries have been cleared under ‘Operation Vahini’.” Necessary steps have been taken to clear the people from the banks of Periyar. There’s no need to worry.”

The minister said that relief camps have been opened in all the taluks downstream. He said that food and drinking water facilities have also been ensured in the camps.

He said people have been evacuated from the banks of Chalakudy river due to rising water level.

MLA Anwar Sadath, Aluva Municipality President MO John, District Collector Renu Raj and Aluva Rural SP Vivek Kumar and other senior officials attended the meeting held at Aluva Guest House.

The Idukki reservoir has two dams- Arch Dam and Cheruthoni Dam. Subsequent shutters were opened for the first time in 26 years in 2018 to mitigate the worst floods the state faced in a century.

Kerala has been receiving heavy rains since July 31. Even though the rains have subsided, the IMD has issued a yellow alert in five districts.

21 people lost their lives, 5 missing

Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said that 21 people have lost their lives in Kerala in various rain-related incidents since July 31, while five people are still missing.

A total of 41 houses have been completely damaged and 353 partially damaged. There are 372 active relief camps which house 14,482 prisoners.

A landslide occurred at Kundala Estate in Idukki, destroying a temple and two shops in the area. A total of 175 families in the area have been shifted to relief camps. The road leading to Vattavada in the district has been deserted after it was damaged in a minor landslide.

(with PTI inputs)

, There is no reason to worry, says P Rajeev

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