Heavy rain to continue for 3 more days
Thiruvananthapuram: With the South Western monsoon strengthening over Kerala after a lull, the state is preparing to face any type of exigencies in the wake of landslides and swollen rivers.
The rain is expected to continue for three more days and heavy downpours are predicted in isolated places for two days.
A low pressure formation in the Arabian Sea off west coast and a cyclonic circulation in the Bengal Sea off Odisha and west coast of Andhra are identified as the reasons for the heavy rain.
Northern Kerala will have more spells for two days and most rivers will remain in high spate. An IMD bulletin said very heavy rainfall (12-20 cm) at one or two places in Kerala and heavy rainfall (7-11 cm) at one or two places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till September 19 morning.
Fishermen have been warned that strong winds from the southwesterly direction speed occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph was likely along and off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep.
As per the observations recorded on Sunday by the Met office, Mannarkad in Palakkad district received an extremely heavy rainfall of 23 cm followed by Vadakara in Kozhikode district (18 cm) Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district (16 cm) and Piravom (Ernakulam district) 15 cm.
Rain occurred at most places in Lakshadweep, India Meteorological department officials here said.
Incessant rains triggered landslip in the tribal hamlet of Attappady and adjacent areas in Palakkad district this morning but no one was injured, officials said. Rail traffic was partially affected on the Kottayam-Thiruvananthapuram route as earth caved in and onto the track following heavy rains.
According to authorities, many parts of Palakkad is experiencing heavy rain for the past three days and widespread destruction and agricultural crop loss have been reported in the interior areas. Houses and roads were damaged in various parts.
Anakkal, Puthur and Jellyppara areas in Attappady, where the landslip was reported, were affected the most. Several parts of high range Idukki and coastal Alappuzha district also experienced heavy rains on Sunday. Waterlogging caused traffic blocks in some parts of Kochi.
(With agency inputs)