Heavy rain in South Kerala; orange alert sounded in 4 districts

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has urged the public to stay alert in view of heavy rain.

Thiruvananthapuram: The meteorological centre has issued an orange alert on Wednesday and Thursday in some districts of Kerala due to heavy rainfall. Orange alert is sounded for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki and yellow alert in other districts on Wednesday.

Thiruvananthapuram is experiencing heavy rain since Tuesday night. The shutters of Aruvikkara dam was raised by 10 centimetres. This will be raised 30 cm later. The rainfall is causing difficulty to the health workers and police during the COVID resistance activities.

Many places in Kochi was waterlogged within a day of rainfall. The Operation Breakthrough which was implemented to avoid waterlogging during monsoon was not effective. Many major roads including MG Road are under water. Houses in Perumbadappu and Maradu are flooded and rough sea is causing trouble in Chellanam.

The shutters of Bhoothathankettu dam was kept open as the water level increased. There is heavy rain in Kottayam and nearby places also for the past 10 hours. Precautions have been taken in view of flood in Meenachl river and landslide in the area.

Waterlogging is likely in Kumarakom region if rain continues. A tree was uprooted in Chungam junction in Kottayam. Various incidents of minor landslides were reported from different places in the district. Rain continues in Alappuzha, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts as well.

As rainfall is likely to intensify, an orange alert was issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad on Thursday. Upto 11.5 mm - 20.4 mm rainfall can be expected within 24 hours. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has urged the public to stay alert in view of the heavy rain.

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