Orange alert announced in Kerala districts, Idukki dam reaches 2395 feet
Water level of Kerala’s Idukki dam has reached the mark of 2395 feet on Tuesday after heavy rainfall in the catchment area. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authorities has issued an orange alert in the area. Though, asking people to not panic, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured that an orange alert doesn’t mean that the shutters will be opened, but, it is only an indication to warn people and vigilant to safe areas.
The government had issued warning to residents of Idukki, Ernakulam, and Kottayam districts and the coast guard, army, navy, and air force have been put on standby and will be deployed to low-lying areas to conduct relief operations, if and when required.The full water level of the dam is 2404 feet. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said that the final red alert will be issued only once the water level reaches to 2399 feet. However, KSDMA asked people not to panic and said that the orange alert doesn’t mean that the shutters will be opened any time; the shutter will be opened only in day time after sufficient notice passed to the public. Kerala Electricity Board sources said that once the water level reaches to 2397 feet, there is possibility to release the water on trial basis to check if there is any obstruction and diversion on the water flowing routes. This is the first time in last 26 years that the Idukki dam shutters will be opened. The shutters were last opened in 1992 for 12 days from October 12 to 23.