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Rains in Kerala: Drinking water supply problem in Kochi

PTI Last Updated at 10 Aug 2018, 19:08 IST India

Kochi, Aug 10 (PTI) Kochi is experiencing a shortage of drinking water as gushing flood waters due to rains have affected pumping operations from the Periyar river, officials said.

State Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, who reviewed the situation in Aluva this morning, said officials have been directed to distribute foodgrains and drinking water to people in the affected areas.

"We have made alternative arrangements to ensure drinking water supply in the affected areas," he said.

Ernakulam district administration said there was 20 per cent deduction in supply of drinking water.

District Collector Muhammed Y Safirulla urged people use water wisely in view of the emerging crisis.

Kerala Water Authority officials yesterday said high turbidity in the Periyar river had hit pumping and distribution of drinking water supply at Aluva, Eloor, Kalamassery, Thrikkakara, Cheranellur, Elankunnapuzha, Njarackal, Mulavukad and part of Kochi corporation.

Deputy Mayor of Kochi T J Vinod alleged that no steps were taken to ensure drinking water to Kochi and nearby municipalities in view of the "crisis" arising out of rising water level in Periyar affecting pumping from Aluva.

Heavy rains pounding Kerala since August 8 triggered a series of landslides in the hilly Idukki district and northern parts, killing 26 people.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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