Heavy rain continues; 7 fishermen among 8 reported missing
Thiruvananthapuram/Kozhikode: Heavy rain continued to wreak havoc across districts in Kerala on Saturday.
Seven fishermen, who ventured into the sea from Vizhinjam and Neendakara were reported missing. In Fort Kochi, a man who went to bathe in the sea was washed away.
Shutters of several dams in Idukki and Kozhikode districts were opened. A holiday was declared for educational institutions in Kasaragod where a Red alert has been sounded.
As heavy rain continued to lash Idukki district, authorities have warned people residing on the banks of Periyar river to exercise caution. As rains intensified from Thursday, shutters of Lower Periyar (Pambla), Kallarkutty, Bhoothathankettu and Malankara dams have been opened.
This increased the water level in Periyar and Moovattupuzha rivers. However, officials informed that there was not need to be concerned about the water level in Mullapperiyar and Idukki reservoirs.
Hilly areas in Kozhikode district is witnessing intermittent heavy rains. The shutters of Peruvannamuzhi dam was opened on Friday.
Meanwhile, four fishermen, who ventured into sea from Vizhinjam on Wednesday is yet to return. The fishermen were expected to return on Thursday causing concern among the fisherfolk. They also alleged that the government facilities were not adequate. Ignoring warnings from officials not to venture into the sea, fisherfolk went in search of the missing persons in 10 boats.
In Neendakara in Kollam, a group of six fishermen from Kanyakumari who ventured into the sea were reported missing. Their boat capsized and sank due to rough seas. Three managed to swim to safety. Search is on to find the missing fishermen.
Sea water entered 80 houses at Chellanam in Ernakulam where sea erosion is severely affecting coastal residents. In Fort Kochi, a man named Raneesh was washed away by giant waves while bathing in the sea. Rising sea water level is causing concerns for residents of Alappad.
As many as 200 people have been shifted to safer locations in Kozhikode district while 100 people were relocated in Kannur district.