Palakkad: Many dams in Kerala have reached their maximum storage capacity following heavy rains. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) reports said that the low pressure near Lakshadweep may result in heavy rains for more days in the state. 

Officials have told that four sluice gates (shutters) of Malampuzha dam in Palakkad should be raised following the rise in water level. The authorities have been asked guided to raise the shutters by 30 cm on Thursday afternoon. 

Control rooms have been set up near all the dams under Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) as a precautionary measure following the direction from Disaster Management Authority. KSEB has explained that the water level of all the dams is in control.  

82% of the maximum capacity of Idukki dam has been filled, and the water level sits at 2387.74 feet. The water level of Mullapperiyar has reached 127.5 feet. 

It was also decided that the offices of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Kerala Water Authority, which is situated near the dams, should be given working satellite phones. 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a press meet on Wednesday, said that a low-pressure area is very likely to form over the Arabian Sea on October 5. Vijayan also requested people to avoid travelling to hilly regions until the rains abate. 

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