Natural Disasters

This flood-hit Kerala town braces for a week-long drinking water crisis

Flash flood has ruptured the main pipeline that supplies drinking water to the town

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Friday 10 August 2018
Kerala flash flood
On August 9, Palakkad received 89.1 mm rain, which was 703 per cent more than normal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons On August 9, Palakkad received 89.1 mm rain, which was 703 per cent more than normal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

For the next seven days, Palakkad town in eastern Kerala will not get drinking water supply as flash flood in the Kalpathy River has ruptured the main pipeline that transports drinking water from Malampuzha dam to the pumping station.

Kerala Water Authority has informed that drinking water would not be supplied in Palakkad town and surrounding grama panchayats for a week as the incessant rain would delay the repair works.

On August 9, Palakkad received 89.1 mm rain, which was 703 per cent more than normal (11.1 mm). Between August 2 and 8, the district received 100.9 mm rain. It means, the district received almost a week’s rain in a day. In fact, on August 8, Kerala received 316 per cent more rain than normal, causing flash floods and killing at least 26 people.

With the Malampuzha dam reaching maximum storage level due to incessant rain, each of the three shutters were opened up to 90 cm, causing floods.

According to media reports, this was for the first time that such a large volume of water was released from the dam.

Meanwhile, the District Collector has instructed the Water Authority to initiate steps to supply drinking water to the needy by arranging tankers. He has also warned people against consuming water drawn from sources contaminated by the continuous rain.

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