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Heavy rains to continue in Kerala, 2 dams opened

Thiruvananthapuram: At least 10 districts in Kerala will receive heavy rainfall on Saturday and Sunday with the IMD issuing a Yellow alert, while the Idukki district administration has opened the shutters of the Kallarkutty and Pambla dams to release excess water.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a Yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, and Kozhikode districts for today whereas Wayanad too has Yellow alert on May 22.
A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.
The Idukki district authorities have informed that since the water level at the Kallarkutty dam has reached the Red alert level of 455 meters, the shutters have been opened to release 300 cumecs of water.
As the case was similar to that of the Pambla dam in the hilly district, the authorities have opened the shutters to release 500 cumecs of water.

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