Extremely heavy rain likely in north Kerala


Water levels in Idukki and Mullaperiyar dams are rising. Malangara, Lower Periyar, Kallarkutty and Kallar dams are already open.

Thodupuzha river during heavy rain (Photo: Ajesh Edavetty)

Kozhikode: Heavy rains continued in Kerala raising concerns. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that extremely heavy rain is likely to occur in north Kerala. 204.5 millimetre rainfall is predicted within 24 hours.

Red alert has been issued in Malappuram and orange alert is sounded in 8 districts. People in disaster-prone areas are directed to be relocated.

A high alert has been issued in Ponnani and Nilambur in Malappuram district. Water level in Chaliyar river is rising. heavy rainfall is experienced in forest areas and the Tamil Nadu border regions. This water is flowing to the Chaliyar river. Nilambur municipality and 10 other panchayats through which Chaliyar river flows are under threat of flood havoc.

The hilly regions in Kozhikode also are facing gusty winds and heavy rain. Flash flood was reported in some areas. An orange alert was sounded in the district for Friday. The IMD warned of isolated heavy rain. Two relief camps were opened in the Mavoor area.

Rain is intensifying in Wayanad also. Extremely heavy rain was experienced in many parts of the district on Thursday. Even residential areas were flooded. Thakarappadi near Muthanga on the Mysuru-Kozhikode National Highway and the Kuttiady-Mananthavadi road were flooded.

Rain has been lashing Idukki district. Flash flood was reported in Nallathanni-Elappara route. A car carrying two persons was washed away from Nallathanni bridge. Periyar and many other rivers overflowed leaving many places underwater. Water levels in Idukki and Mullaperiyar dams are rising. Malangara, Lower Periyar, Kallarkutty and Kallar dams are already open.

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