Rain fury subsides in Kerala, Idukki shutters to stay open even as dam level drops; Pinarayi visits flood-hit areas
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Rain fury subsides in Kerala, Idukki shutters to stay open even as dam level drops; Pinarayi visits flood-hit areas

Rain fury in Kerala subsided after nearly three days and water in Idukki dam dropped by more than 1ft.  Though rainfall fell in catchment areas, red alert has been issued in eight districts as heavy showers have been predicted for the next 48 hours.

Water level in the dam which reached 2401.76 ft against the full level of 2,403 ft fell to 2,400.48 ft by evening.

However, all the five shutters will team open, releasing 7.5lakh litres per second and a decision on lowering them would be taken only tomorrow after assessing the rain situation.

Fortunately, the width of the Periyar helped in lessening the level rise. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and officials conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas today. However, he had to skip the Idukki visit owing to unfavourable weather conditions at Kattapana.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is to visit the State tomorrow to assess the situation.

After a review meeting in Wayanad, Pinarayi said Rs 4 lakh would be given to the relatives of each of the persons killed in floods. Besides those families who had lost houses would get Rs 4 lakh. Those who lost their land would get an additional Rs 6 lakh.

Each member in relief camps would get Rs 3,800 and free ration would be distributed.

Those who had lost certificates would get duplicates without having to pay any fee, he added.

Separately, PWD Minister G Sudhakaran said damage to roads and bridges alone was to the tune of more than Rs 4,000 crore.