Kumali: The water level in the Mullaiperiyar dam has risen to within inches short of its maximum point of 142ft with the heavy North-East monsoon rainfall in the catchment area.
The water level in the dam is now touching a record 141.3ft and farming activity stands to benefit in the five Tamil Nadu districts of Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul and Sivaganga.
Water had been released from both the Mullaiperiyar and Vaigai dams and other ones, including the Manjalaru, Sothuparai, and Shanmuganathi dams, by the Tamil Nadu government.
The inflow into Mullaiperiyar dam was 2,083 cusecs and the outflow was 511 cusecs while, in Vaigai dam, where the water level touched 65.72ft (max 71ft), the inflow was 3,641 cusec and the discharge 3060.
The Idukki district administration had issued a flood warning for the Venkadu, Sappathu and Vandiperiyar villages.