Ensure water level of Kerala’s Mullaperiyar Dam remains under control: SC

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked a subcommittee to examine and find out ways to ensure that the water level in Kerala’s Mullaperiyar Dam does not exceed 139 feet.

The apex court further stated that it is not an expert body that can look into the Kerala’s flood issue. However, it asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) to scale up rescue, relief and rehabilitation programme across the state.

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The Apex Court’s order was hearing a petition by Manoj George, which sought a direction from Centre over the dam’s water level mark.

Kerala has been witnessing incessant rain for the past few days, causing floods and landslided in the state. Following that, the Centre has launched massive rescue and relief operations in the state owing to the flood situation, which is worsening by the day.

As per the latest reports, the death toll in Kerala floods has risen to 174. Around 15,000 people have been rescued from the flood-hit state over the last nine days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the state to review the situation. He took to social media to say, “had a telephone conversation with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding.”

The Kerala government has cancelled Onam celebrations in the state as red alert has been declared in 13 of the 14 districts in the state.

(ANI Inputs)

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