3 deaths in rain havoc; heavy rain likely till July 23
Thiruvananthapuram: As the rain intensified in the state, widespread damages have been reported from various places. Three persons died in the rain havoc while seven others went missing.
The meteorological department warned of heavy rain till July 23. Extremely heavy rain is predicted at some regions. Gusty wind also is possible. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea.
The deaths in the rain havoc were reported from Kannur, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts. In Kannur, Manathanath Badarul Adnan (17), a student from Thalassery, drowned in a pond near Moralkkavu at Morakkunnu in Chirakkara.
In Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla Vallamkulam native T. V. Koshi (54) died after falling into Manimalayar river while fishing. In Kollam, Panayam Chonamchira native Dileep Kumar (54) died after a coconut tree fell on him in the gusty wind.
A person went missing at Kavalippuzha area in Kidangoor of Kottayam while trying to get hold of a timber that was floating in Meenachil river. Three Tamil Nadu native fishermen went missing as their boat capsized in the heavy wind at Neendakara in Kollam. Four fishermen who ventured into the sea from Vizhinjam on Wednesday are still missing.
A red alert has been issued in Kasaragod on Saturday and in Kozhikode and Wayanad on Sunday and in Idukki, Kozhikode and Wayanad on Monday. Extremely heavy rain is expected in these places.
Four dams opened
Kallarkutty, Pambla, Bhoothathankettu and Malankara dams were opened following the heavy rain. Shutter of Kallarkutty dam was opened by 10 cm and 10 cumecs water is released. One shutter of Pambla dam is opened and 15 cumecs water is released. Nine shutters of Bhoothathankettu dam and two shutters of Malankara dam also were opened.
KSEB chairman N. S. Pillai said that people should not be worried about the larger dams as water level is low in them. Water level in Idukki dam is 2304.4 feet which is 0.78 feet more than the level on Thursday. This is 76.02 feet less than the water level at this time in previous year.
High tide predicted
The Kerala coastal area from Pozhiyoor to Kasaragod is likely to witness 2.9 - 3.3 metre high tides on Saturday till 11 at night, authorities informed.