Kerala accuses Tamilnadu of causing flood
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Kerala government has accused Tamil Nadu of releasing 5000 cusecs of water to the Periyar River from Mullaperiyar reservoir, without any sufficient warning to Kerala, causing flood in Vallakadavu, Vandiperiyar, Chappathu and Upputhara area of Kerala.
The Mullaperiyar dam is built on river Periyar and is located in the Idukki district of Kerala but is controlled by Tamilnadu. In october 1886 an agreement was signed between the Maharaja of Travancore and British India on behalf of Madras Presidency for a 999 year lease of the dam to the Madras Presidency.
After Independence Travancore's part of the treaty was inherited by Kerala and Madras Presidency part was inherited by Tamilnadu.
Additional Information regarding Mullaperiyar Dam
Period of Construction – 1887-1895
Main reason behind Construction - To provide water to the arid rain shadow region of Tamil Nadu especially the districts of Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram.
Protected wildlife areas around the dam –
Periyar National Park
Type of Dam – Masonry Gravity Dam (Gravity dams use their weight and the force of gravity to support the reservoir and remain stable)
River: It is on the Periyar river.
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