Heavy downpour to continue; landslide, mud slip likely to occur
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state is experiencing extremely heavy rain. The water in rivers has risen to a dangerous level. Periyar, Valapattanam, Kuthirappuzha, Kurumanpuzha and other rivers are overflowing. The Central Water Commission has issued alert.
The meteorological centre has predicted very heavy rain in the next 24 hours. Even though rain might decline by night, the people in hilly areas are alerted. Heavy rain is continuing in Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. Though rain may decline after Saturday, it will intensify by August 15. Sea agitation also is expected.
A total of 22,165 persons of 5936 families are staying in 315 relief camps in the state. 9951 persons from Wayanad are staying in camps at present. 4106 persons in Malappuram, 1653 in Kozhikode, 1483 in Kannur, 1200 in Palakkad and 1575 in Ernakulam are at relief camps.
Volunteers should contact the authorities to join the rescue mission. NDRF, fire force, police, forest department officers are at Meppadi where a major landslide occurred. The water level in dams are increasing. Low areas in Aluva and Kalady areas are underwater.
16,666 power connections are affected. 13 teams of NDRF have arrived for rescue mission. Three teams of engineering task force will arrive for restoring transportation facilities. Three teams from Madras Regiment will come to Palakkad. People are advised to not go for pleasure trips in hilly regions, the chief minister said.