The Idukki district administration on Sunday banned all tourism-related activities here until further notice due to reported landslides in the district following heavy rains.
The District Collector made the announcement and directed the District Police Chief, Regional Transportation Officer and other officials to take necessary action, including in areas bordering the District, to s to ensure that tourist activities are suspended. Officials mentioned that landslides have been reported in the district due to recent rains and the frequent influx of tourists may lead to more accidents.
One of the five legs of the Cheruthoni Dam at Idukki Reservoir was raised this morning by 70cm to release 50 cumecs of water.
“As it was still raining in the catchment area of the dam and the water from the Mullaperiyar spillway was reaching the reservoir. Two additional flaps were opened in the evening to release an additional 100 cumec of water from the dam.
A red alert was issued at Idukki Dam after water rose above 2,382.53ft. The current water level of the dam is 2384.46 feet, or 84.5% of its storage capacity.
Idukki Reservoir has two dams, Arch Dam and Cheruthoni Dam. The flaps of the Cheruthoni dam were opened for the first time in 26 years in 2018 to reduce the worst flooding in a century in the state. That’s eight times the shutter has been lifted.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government, which operates the Mullaperiyar Dam in the district, has informed that three more flaps of the dam will be opened by 50cm, releasing a total of 3,119 cusecs of water. District officials said the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad district would be opened on Monday.
“It is possible that the water level will automatically reach the upper level of 774 meters. In this case, a flap will be raised by 10 cm to discharge 8.50 cumec of water per second,” district officials said in a statement, adding that the Kakki dam would be opened at 11 a.m. on Monday following the directive of the Pathanamthitta district administration’s state government-level supervisory committee.
A red alert had already been issued on the Kakki dam.
Earlier in the day, the state’s Water Resources Minister Roshi Augustine said district officials would ensure that people under the dams are moved to a safe location in case of an emergency.
Meanwhile, the state’s Disaster Management Authority said 22 people had lost their lives in various rain-related incidents in the state since July 31. Five people are missing, while five were injured.
There are 337 active relief camps where 14,611 people are housed. The authority also said 46 houses were completely damaged while 19 were partially damaged.