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Flood threat after torrential rains in Kerala, water level in dams reaches danger mark

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Heavy rains lashed several parts of Kerala since Saturday night, with the water level in several dams in the state inundated while several roads were inundated till Sunday morning. The Meteorological Department said that this condition of heavy rain is expected to persist for the next two days, especially over the southern parts of the state. According to the Tamil Nadu government, the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam reached 140 feet on Sunday morning, Idukki district administration said.

As a result, people living on both the banks of the Periyar river have been asked to be more cautious, as the gates of the dam may be opened if the water level rises in the next 24 hours. Following heavy rains in Pathanamthitta, the district administration has advised people to exercise extreme caution, especially those living along the river banks or in landslide prone areas. Orange alert has been issued in both these districts. Kottayam district also received heavy rains in the morning, but no untoward incident was reported from there.

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Incessant rains in parts of Kerala on Saturday led to minor landslides and disrupted train services, prompting authorities to exercise extreme caution in hilly areas, river banks and tourist centres. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted extremely heavy rains in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. Whereas with ‘Orange Alert’ warning of very heavy rainfall was issued in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki districts.

An IMD statement said that there is a possibility of lightning and thundershowers at one or two places over Kerala till November 16. ‘Red Alert’ indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall of more than 20 cm in 24 hours, while ‘Orange Alert’ indicates very heavy rain ranging from 6 cm to 20 cm. ‘Yellow Alert’ means heavy rain between 6 to 11 cms.

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