If you are planning to visit Munnar or any other mountain places in Kerala, please postpone your trips as it is very dangerous to travel by road
Kerala monsoon rainfall has been getting more intense since last week and this has led to most rivers overflowing. The state has 22 dams and most of them are filled up to the maximum storage level and the government has decided to open most of them to control the inflow, as they are experiencing one of the worst floods in history.
Idukki Arch dam is one of the highest arch dams in Asia as it is built between two mountains and doesn’t have shutters. Instead water level is controlled by Cheruthoni dam. For the first time in the history, all five shutter of Cheruthoni dam opened to reduce water level in Idukki dam and 4.25 lakh litres of water per second is released now, which will be increased to 7 lakh litres of water per second by evening.
This will lead to huge flood in Kochi, which is the most popular city in the state, as people are preparing for one of the biggest festivals in Kerala, Onam. From these images, we can see that majority of the lower places are under water. This is the second time it has happened after 2013 and experts are predicting the flood to be even bigger than the last one.
Festival season is the most important time for auto industry as people buy their dream cars during these times. But this year, flood has caused lots of damage for property and sales are expected to be low even though most of the manufacturers have announced special Onam schemes.
In coming days, weather is expected to improve and this will certainly help people in lower areas as most of their homes are under water and it will take at least few weeks for people to get everything back to normal.
If you are planning to visit Munnar or any other mountain places in Kerala, please postpone your trips as it is very dangerous to travel by road because of landslides and flood. We suggest you not to travel at night for the next couple of days as well.