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Navy put on alert as heavy rains lash Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The has put on alert its in view of the rising water level in river in and a possible inundation of parts of Wellingdon Island, surrounded by the backwaters of

A defence said the has made preparations to meet any situation arising out of the possible inundation of the island, said to be the largest artificial island in the country, following the opening of shutters of three dams of Cheruthoni, Idamalayar and Kakki.

"We will take all necessary steps to ensure that important installations in the island are not affected," the told

The Wellingdon Island, part of city, houses strategic facilities, including the and

The water level will rise in downstream districts with the released excess water from the dams reaching there.

Areas in Kuttanad Taluk are likely to be affected, sources said.

The said three contingents (50 men each) from INS Dronacharya, Venduruthy and are ready to be deployed as and when required, besides a medical team from the INHS Sanjivani.

The is also geared up to contribute to community kitchens, he said.

As heavy rains continued to lash various parts of the southern state, five more shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, part of the Idukki reservoir, were opened today releasing 7 lakh litres of water per second as the level touched around

2,401.5 feet.

For the first time in the last 26 years, a shutter of the was opened yesterday and two more were opened at 7 am today.

The full reservoir level is 2,403 feet (in relation to mean sea level).

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 15:30 IST