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         Posted on :09:06:33 Sep 10, 2018
       Last edited on:09:06:33 Sep 10, 2018
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The motor pumps operated to ensure drinking water for the natives of the Kerala capital during the 2017 drought were now turned as saviours for Kuttanad people as the high-power pump sets are being used to drain out the flooded Kuttanad region in Alappuzha.

Two high capacity pump sets, which were used to pump in water during the drought from the Neyyar reservoir located on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram to the Aruvikkara reservoir that supplies water to the city, are being operated at the water-logged Kuttanad to drain out flood waters mainly from paddy polders under the supervision of Kerala Water Authority (KWA).

Several houses are still submerged under floodwaters. It is reported that around 2,000 motor pumps were damaged in the floods in Kuttanad, resulting in an inordinate delay in pumping out water from polders in Kainakary and other parts of the region.

The fully submersible 180 HP motor pumps each weighing 2.5 tonnes having pumping capacity of 12 lakh litres of water per hour have been started functioning at Kanakassery paddy fields.

A floating pumping station also constructed to place the transformer and panel boards to meet the power requirements for operating the motor pumps since there is no dry land available in the area.

This is the first floating pumping station operated in the state, a KWA statement said here.

It is expected that water-level of about one meter would be reduced within five days. Once water drain out from paddy fields, simultaneously water will start receding from houses and schools which is still submerged.

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