A scene from Erattupetta | Photo: G Sivaprasad
Thiruvananthapuram: Flood warnings have been issued in five river banks across the state owing to the heavy rains in the state. Pullakkayar in Kottayam, Maadaman, Kallooppara in Pathanamthitta, Vellaikadavu and Aruvippuram in Thiruvananthapuram have received warnings of flood by the Central Water Commission.
Southern Kerala is being tormented by heavy rainfall. The currents in the rivers have increased rapidly. Many families living on the river banks were transferred to safer spots following the warning.
The water levels of Chalakudy, Aranmula, Muvattupuzha, Periyar, Nelliyampathy, and Nooradi rivers have risen. Pamba, Achankovil, and Manimala rivers are overflowing. The water level of the Periyar river near Eloor in Ernakulam is also rising. 40 families in the vicinity were rehabilitated. Water currents have increased in the Kuttiyadi river and Peruvannamuzhi in Kozhikode.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in 10 districts of the southern state for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The red alert was issued in all the districts of the state except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod. Orange alerts have been issued for these districts on August 2 and 3.
The instructions issued by the authorities clearly state that crossing the rivers and going to water bodies like rivers or streams for bathing and fishing should be avoided by all means.