Heavy rains: Red alert in Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram
Thiruvananthapuram: Due to the heavy rain in the northern districts of the state, a red alert has been sounded in Kannur in addition to Kozhikode and Malappuram where red alert was already issued. An orange alert has been issued for these three districts on Thursday.
As the toll in floods and landslips in Kerala rose to 100 on Tuesday, authorities are on a high alert with weathermen forecasting isolated extremely heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
A total of 2.26 lakh people, who were displaced by the floods and landslides, have been housed in 1,239 relief camps, officials said.
“Due to strengthening of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, extremely heavy rains are expected to lash several parts of the state," K Santosh, Director of India Meteorological Department (IMD) at Thiruvananthapuram said.
“Strong winds from northwesterly direction speed reaching 45-55 kmph likely along and off Kerala, Karnataka coast and over Lakshadweep area,” alerted IMD. Fishermen are also advised not to venture into sea.
The IMD has issued a red alert in Malappuram and Kozhikode districts after forecasting extremely heavy rain. Both districts will receive rainfall above 204 mm within 24 hours.
At the same time, Orange alert has been sounded in Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts. These districts will receive heavy rainfall from 115 mm to 204.5 mm.
Pathanamthitta, a central Kerala district which has been receiving very heavy rains since last night is put on high vigil, authorities said Wednesday.
Met authorities forecast heavy to very heavy downfalls at isolated places in Kerala. As squally weather is likely to prevail over the state, fishermen have been advised not to put out to sea, they said.
The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has alerted the public to stay vigilant.
Meanwhile, the IMD predicted that rains will recede from August 17. In view of heavy rain, yellow alert has been sounded in Ernakulam district on Wednesday and Malappuram, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Thursday.
KSDMA alerted that there are chances for flood and landslide as rain will intensify in the state. Government departments and officials are asked to stay vigilant to handle emergency situation.
Control rooms will be opened in Taluk level. KSDMA requested the public to be prepared to shift to safe places as directed by the officials.
4 more bodies recovered from Kavalapara
Four more bodies of people trapped in the landslide were recovered from Kavalapara in Malappuram on Tuesday. One person among the deceased was identified as Poothani Abdul Kareem’s wife Sakeena (49). Other three bodies are yet to be identified.
So far, 23 dead bodies were recovered from Kavalapara. The search operations continued till 7.30 on Tuesday and it will continue in the next days.
Death toll climbs to 100
Sources revealed that 100 people lost lives in rain related disasters. At the same time, official records reported that 91 people were killed. 51 more people are still missing and the search operation is still on to trace them.
On Tuesday, three people were killed in Thrissur and one in Alappuzha.
At the same time, 1057 houses were completely destroyed and 11,159 houses were partially destroyed in rain fury.
Most of the places in southern Kerala are reeling under flood. Residents in low lying areas in Kottayam namely Poonjar, Thekkekara, Teekoy and Koottickal were directed to shift to relief camps. Houses in Upper Kuttanad and Pandalam are also flooded.
(with added inputs from PTI)