Idukki, Aug 11: As many as 37 people were killed in the flood-hit Kerala after rainfall ravaged the southern state for a few days. The heavy rains predicted in Kerala on Saturday did not occur and posed a relief to the thousands of people living around the Idukki dam and in Ernakulam and Thrissur. The water in the Idukki dam eventually subsided. Also Read - Kerala Tourism News: CM Pinayari Vijayan Launches 26 New Projects - Here's All You Need to Know
Monitoring the situation in Kerala, State Power Minister M.M. Mani said, “So far things are fine and everything is going as planned. The water that came down the five floodgates, barring at Cheruthoni, has not caused any major crisis.” Mani added, “The rains have slowed down in and around the Idukki dam since last night and hence the water level in the dam has also come down.” Also Read - Kerala Paying Price For 'Gross Negligence' During Onam: Harsh Vardhan on Easing Covid Restrictions For Festivals
The water level at the Idukki dam came down to 2,401 feet as the intensity of the rains decreased. Sources in the know of the issue said that if the water level reaches 2,400 feet, the outflow of water through the five shutters are likely to come down to around 5,00,000 litres per second. Also Read - Kerala Govt Terminates Services of 432 Medical Personnel For Unauthorised Leave For Years
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan promised to provide compensation to all those affected by the rains. The Chief Minister stated that a solatium of Rs 4 lakh will be provided to the nearest kin of the deceased and Rs 10 lakh will granted to those who lost their houses and land due to the heavy rainfall.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in the Idamalayar dam with water overflowing for the first time in 26 years. The flooding also caused the Cheruthoni bridge to submerge as it lies close to the dam. The huge trees that were uprooted by the floods also damaged the Cheruthoni bridge.
After receiving a heavy rainfall alert from the weather department, the State Disaster Management Authority issued a red alert for eight districts including Wayanad, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode.
On Saturday morning, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, State Forest Minister P. Raju, Chief Secretary Tom Jose and Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behra and the team flew in a helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram to survey the districts that are worst affected by the floods.