Thiruvananthapuram: With the water level in the Idukki reservoir touching 2,395 feet tonight, just nine feet short of the full level, an orange alert was issued by the authorities.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said an orange alert does not mean that shutter operations would be done anytime now.
The shutters would be opened only in daylight and after sufficient notice is given to the public and all stakeholders concerned, it said in a statement.
There was no need for the public to panic, KSDMA said.
The final red alert would be issued when the water level touches 2,399 feet, it said.
The full level of the dam is 2,404 feet. The water level is related to the Mean Sea Level and catchment area.
Earlier, the Kerala government put the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard on alert to meet any eventuality in case water is released.
KSDMA had said the water level touched 2,394.72 feet at one PM and an alert would be issued when the level reaches 2395 feet.
Kerala State Electricity Board sources said that when the level reaches 2,397 feet, there was a possibility of water being released on a trial basis for one or two hours.
This was to find out if there were any obstruction and diversion on the route the water flows, they said.
A team of National Disaster Response Force has already been deployed in Ernakulam and Thrissur and another team would reach Idukki,...