Idukki dam shutter opened after 26 years in Kerala following heavy rain

Express News

This is the very first time that the relentless southwest monsoon, which has actually triggered a series of floods and landslides in several districts of the state, has forced the dam sluice gates to be opened.

By Express News Desk|Kochi|Updated: August 9, 2018

The dam, commissioned in 1975, has actually been opened just two times, both throughout the northeast monsoon in the months of October-November.

In a historical relocation, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) opened among the 5 shutters of the Cheruthoni dam on the Idukki tank as the water level inched approximately 2398.99 ft. The shutters of among the biggest arch dams in Asia are being opened after 26 years. The optimum storage level in the tank is 2403 ft.

The dam, commissioned in 1975, has actually been opened just two times, both throughout the northeast monsoon in the months of October-November. This is the very first time that the relentless southwest monsoon, which has actually triggered a series of floods and landslides in several districts of the state, has forced the dam sluice gates to be opened.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) made it clear that the middle shutter of the dam has actually been opened as part of a trial run for the next 4 hours to evaluate the water level in the tank. The SDMA stated individuals living in a radius of 100 m along the banks of the Periyar river and in the low-lying locations need to work out care as the shutter is being opened.

The water being launched from the Idukki tank will take a trip through the Cheruthoni river to satisfy the Periyar after a range of one kilometer. The river then goes by Thadambiyad, Karimban, Bhoothathankettu and Perumbavoor to reach Aluva. The Periyar drains pipes even more into the Arabian Sea.

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