Thiruvananthapuram: The meteorological department has warned that heavy rains will continue to lash Kerala until Tuesday. Apart from the existing depression, another depression will be formed in the Bay of Bengal by August 9. The heavy rain will continue due to the influence of this.
Landslides were reported from many places in the state. About 300 houses and many farms were destroyed in the disaster. A red alert has been issued in Malappuram district which is expecting extremely heavy rain. Orange alert has been sounded in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod.
58 cm rain in Nilgiri
Though extremely heavy rain was expected in Kerala, the rainfall was not that heavy in the state till Thursday morning. Rain gauged 19 centimetre in Mananthavady, 18 cm in Vythiri, 17 cm in Padinjarathara dam and 10 cm in Nilambur.
Extremely heavy rain was experienced in the border areas of Malappuram and Wayanad districts close Tamil Nadu. 58 centimetres of rain was gauged in Avalanchi in Nilgiri and 31 cm in Upper Gudalur. This affected Nilambur and nearby places.
2,261 people in camps
A total of 52 relief camps were opened in Kerala and 2,261 people from 621 families are staying in them. With 29, the most number of camps were opened in Wayanad. 1,613 people are staying in the camps there. There are 8 camps in Malappuram.
More NDRF teams
Considering the gravity of the situation, two more teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with 50 members reached the state. They were deployed in Palakkad and Malappuram.