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Kerala govt to implement second phase of Kuttanad package

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The government today decided to implement the second phase of the ecosystem development package in the wake of largescale damage to crops and property in recent floods in the area.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting here, said it has decided to approach the Centre for implementing schemes under the package.

The has been asked to work out the details of the package, Vijayan said adding in district was the worst affected in the recent floods.

and Kottayam districts have already been declared flood-hit, he pointed out.

Necessary directives have also been given to health officials to take necessary precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of any disease, Vijayan said.

Vijayan also called for voluntary organisations and workers to participate in the flood relief works in district.

Besides causing loss to property and agriculture, the recent floods following the monsoon fury have claimed more than 130 lives.

A central team is scheduled to arrive in on August 7 to assess the extent of damage and losses incurred in the state.

Noting that there was a need to design a 'Comprehensive Flood Forecasting System,' the said has been asked to conduct a study in this regard and submit a report.

Meanwhile, rain lashed some parts of the state especially Wayanad and districts today.

Land slips were also reported from Chadanapara area in district.

Some of the low-lying areas in Wayanad have submerged.

The inflow to Idukki reservoir also increased and level stood at 2396.86 ft.Full level of the reservoir is 2403 ft.

State Electricity Board issued a red-alert and informed that the shutter gates of in district would be opened tomorrowmorning and 164 Cumecs(a cubic meter per second) would be released.

This is expected to raise the present water level of by 1-1.5 meter.

The water released may reach Aluvaregion in in 5-6 hours, it was said.

Authorities asked people living on river banks to be vigilant.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 14:10 IST