As Cyclone Tauktae intensifies, shutters of 11 dams opened in Kerala

The Kerala authorities has issued a purple warning for Might 15 (Saturday) for 5 districts.

The shutters of 11 dams throughout Kerala have been opened as of Might 15. Kerala has been experiencing heavy rains since Might 13 because the deep melancholy fashioned over Lakshadweep within the Arabian Sea has intensified right into a cyclonic storm (named Tauktae), majorly affecting the coastal areas within the state. A high-level alert has been sounded for 5 districts for Might 15. The dams which were opened are irrigation reservoirs which might be managed by the Kerala Irrigation Division. The Idukki dam shutters is not going to be opened, mentioned the Kerala State Electrical energy Board (KSEB) dam security wing officers.

In accordance with an replace at 11 am on Might 15, the Kerala State Catastrophe Administration Authority (KSDMA) mentioned 11 reservoirs have been opened. These reservoirs are two Neyyar reservoirs in Thiruvananthapuram, Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode, Karapuzha in Wayanad, Siruvani in Palakkad, Kallada in Kollam, Kanjirappuzha in Palakkad, Peechi in Thrissur, Maniyar in Pathanamthitta, Bhoothathankettu (barrage) in Ernakulam and Moolathara (regulator) in Palakkad. Of those, 417 cumecs (cubic metre per second) of water might be launched from Bhoothathankettu, whereas 122.96 cumecs of water might be launched from the Maniyar reservoir. Two out six shutters of the Malankara dam in Idukki have been opened at 10 cm. As a part of precautionary measures, water might be launched in a managed method from these reservoirs, mentioned KSDMA. 

In the meantime, the KSEB dam security wing officers mentioned that the water degree within the Idukki reservoir on Might 15 (Saturday) was 2333.52 toes. “At current, there is no such thing as a must open the shutters of Idukki, together with the key dams. The current water degree within the state’s hydel dams may be very low on the ‘rule curve’. To open the primary gate of the Idukki dam, the water degree ought to attain 2,373 toes. The water degree within the Idukki dam is 2,333.58 toes, which is 39.4% of the overall storage capability,” mentioned a KSEB official.   

On Might 14, the Indian Meteorological Division (IMD) issued a five-day forecast for district-wise rainfall over Kerala and Lakshadweep. The rainfall is predicted to final until Might 18. IMD has given the Crimson warning color code for Might 15 for 5 districts: Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram. The Crimson warning color code signifies that the officers ought to take motion. The Kerala authorities has additionally issued a purple warning for Might 15 (Saturday) for these 5 districts. 

The IMD has additionally warned that squally wind velocity reaching 50-60 kilometre per hour, gusting to 70 kmph alongside and off the Kerala-Karnataka coasts might be seen on Might 15, Saturday.

Although the melancholy is roughly round 290 km away from Kannur, on account of the heavy rains throughout the state and with the ocean turning tough, the state authorities has been pressured to open quite a few camps throughout the state to maneuver folks to security.

In accordance with the Indian Meteorological Division, Tauktae may be very prone to intensify additional right into a extreme cyclonic storm in the course of the subsequent 24 hours and anticipated to maneuver north-north-westwards and attain close to the Gujarat coast by Might 18 morning.

Kerala Chief Minister-designate Pinarayi Vijayan has knowledgeable the preparedness of the state in going through any calamity arising out of the cyclonic storm.

“Although Kerala isn’t within the predicted path of the cyclone, heavy rains, robust winds and robust sea gusts are anticipated within the State until Might 16. We should always train utmost warning in coastal districts and adjoining districts the place the Meteorological Division has issued a Crimson and Orange alert,” mentioned Pinarayi Vijayan and appealed to all, to cooperate with the authorities and transfer out to camps each time informed.

Although no casualties have been reported, the rain and the tough sea has brought about innumerable hardships to the folks, who’re already battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The worst affected on account of the tough sea embody the coastal hamlets within the state capital, elements of Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod.

Since Might 14 evening, an enormous variety of bushes have been uprooted and the ability provide disrupted for lengthy hours on account of the high-speed winds and heavy rain. In lots of locations, the availability was restored on Might 15, whereas in few locations, it is but to be restored.

(With enter from IANS)

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