Very Heavy Rainfall Warning
The Idukki district administration in Kerala has banned tourism and late night travel in the district starting Friday in view of the heavy to very heavy rain forecast in Kerala and Lakshadweep in the next two-three days. A red alert has been issued in three districts of Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad on Thursday following an IMD forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in the state in the next two-three days.
All tourist centres, including Neelakurinji gardens in Munnar in Idukki which tourists were likely to visit, have been shut down from Friday until further orders. The Neelakurinji is a flower, which blooms in the western ghats once in 12 years. Tourists flock to Munnar to get a glimpse of this rare flower.
Meanwhile, the Kerala district authorities have also started preparations to open the shutters of the Idukki dam. Senior officials were expected to meet Friday at 10 am to take a final decision on the same.
Although the water level in the Idukki dam is only 83 percent, the authorities are considering the option of reopening the shutters of the Idukki dam in view of the rise in the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam following rain in its catchment areas.
On Thursday, four shutters of the Malampuzha dam in Palakkad were opened by 9 cm each, ANI had reported. Most reservoirs in Kerala hold water up to 90 percent of their capacity at present, and water level in most reservoirs are around 90 percent level now.
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