Idukki: Cyclone Ockhi could be spinning trouble for Kerala, but it is also bringing good news in the form of much-needed rainfall for the state. The biggest benefactor is the Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki that saw a sudden jump in the water level – a rise of 6 feet in a matter of hours. Currently, the water level is at 127.9 feet.
The permissible level at the over-a-century-old dam, a bone of contention between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, is 132 feet. The water from the Mullaperiyar dam is diverted for farmers in Tamil Nadu.
Since Thursday morning, the southern districts of Kerala had been receiving heavy rain, filling up dams at a fast pace.
Shutters of the Neyyar dam, a major reservoir in Thiruvananthapuram district, were opened Thursday with the water level reaching the maximum. The Thenmala dam was also filled to the brim. People living along the banks of Kallada River were asked to stay alert.
Due to the Pamba River breaching its banks, vehicles were moved from the parking area at Pamba and pilgrims had been asked to avoid night trek to the hill shrine.
Five people were killed in rain-related calamities in the state.