High alert in Kerala, one shutter of Idukki dam to be opened

In Tamil Nadu, educational institutions were shut due to the rains, while in Kerala, many dams, including Idukki, will be opened later in the day, officials said. Still reeling under the effects of the disastrous floods in August, officials in Kerala are taking no chances and reviewing their disaster preparedness.

One shutter of the Idukki Cheruthoni dam will be opened at 4 pm today, reports INS India. Some 50 cusecs of water will be released as the catchment areas of the dam received good rainfall since Thursday night. A red alert has been sounded in Idukki and Malappuram districts with heavy rains expected on Sunday.

A holiday was declared for both schools and colleges in the rest of the districts. In Puducherry, residential areas in Oulgaret and neighbouring municipal segments were water-logged, throwing normal life out of gear. Government machinery was geared up to meet any exigency.

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