Kerala warned of possible floods; State to receive heavy rainfall till Sunday
Kozhikode: Heavy rains continue unabated across the state and have caused widespread damages. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the state will experience heavy rainfall till Sunday. Warnings have been issued as the water level of certain rivers have increased.
The National Water Commission has warned 6 states, including Kerala, of potential floods. District administrations have made preparations in view of this. In the context of COVID-19, more importance is given on shifting people living in flood-prone areas to the houses of their relatives rather than relief camps.
Red alert has been sounded in Wayanad and Kozhikode on Thursday due to the possibility of very heavy rainfall. Heavy rains have been reported in Thamarassery region as well. There have been landslides in the Nilambur area. Relief camps have been opened in Kurumbalangod school in Nilambur under these circumstances. . Heavy rainfall in Malappuram- Wayanad border area has caused the water level of Chaliyar river to go up.
Landslides have been reported in Mattara forest in Kannur and Manikkadavu, Mattara bridges are already under water. In the context of heavy rainfall continuing unabated, four units of the National Disaster Relief Force have reached Kerala. More units are expected to arrive in the coming days. One of these units has already left for Nilambur.
People living in Iruttu Kuthi, Vaniyambalam, Kumbalappara and Tharippodi colonies have been isolated after Munderi bridge in Malappuram district was destroyed. People have been warned to stay alert in Muvattupuzhayar, Kuttanpuzha, Kadavur and Neriamangalam regions.
Bhavanippuzha in Palakkad stands the risk of causing floods and people in the regions have been warned. There is also a possibility that water levels of Idukki, Idamalayar dams would go up.