Heavy rain continues to batter Kerala; landslides in Kottayam, Idukki
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala witnessed continues heavy rain across the state on Friday, particularly in districts where the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded Red, Orange and Yellow alerts.
Heavy rain continued to batter Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts, where the IMD had issued Red alert. Rain in Idukki, which started on Thursday, is continuing for the second day on Friday. Landslides were reported at several places.
Traffic movement on the Vagamon-Theekkoyi road was disrupted due to landslide. Traffic was restored as soil and debris were removed after several hours of effort.
Kottayam and Erattupetta regions also witnessed landslides due to heavy rain. Water level in Pamba river has increased. The authorities have advised people to avoid travelling at night. The shutters of Pambla dam has been opened. The Red alert sounded in Idukki will continue on Saturday. Several northern districts have been witnessing heavy rains over the last 24 hours.
Yellow alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts which are likely to witness heavy rain on Friday. On Saturday, Orange alert has been sounded in Ernakulam while yellow alert has been sounded in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts.
North-east winds reaching speeds of 50 kilometre per hour is expected to hit Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts on Friday and Saturday. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea.
Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has directed authorities and officials concerned to take necessary measures and open control rooms in taluk level.
People residing in flood sensitive regions of districts where Red, yellow and Orange alerts have been sounded besides those residing in areas which were affected in the Floods of 2018 and those residing in non-durable houses must exercise caution.
KSDMA has directed residents to keep important documents and valuables in a safe place. It has also directed the residents to keep and emergency kit ready. People have been advised to be ready to shift to safer areas as per the directions of officials.