Heavy rains in Kerala, red alert issued in several districts, 6 dead

Heavy rains in Kerala have claimed six lives so far and a red alert has been issued in several districts of the state for the coming days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.

Detailing the measures taken by the state administration to prevent any loss of life, Vijayan told reporters here that learning from past experiences, particularly the 2018 floods, precautionary measures have been taken. Five houses were completely destroyed and 55 partially damaged in the rains. He added that six people died and one person is missing.

The IMD issued a red alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts for the day and August 2, he said, adding that in 11 districts on August 3 and 9 of them A red alert has been issued for August 4. The Chief Minister said that a State Emergency Operation Center of the Disaster Management Authority has been established and control rooms will be opened in all districts and talukas.

Besides, four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Thrissur districts and four more teams will soon reach the state and will be deployed in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Kollam and Malappuram. Will be posted in the districts. . He said that if heavy rains continue in the coming days, the state will face a crisis and water is being released from about 17 dams to prevent it.

Meanwhile, daily water level data of dams run by KSEB (Kerala State Electricity Board) shows that the water level in five Udukki dams – Ponmudi, Kandala, Kalarkutty, Erthayar and Lower Periyar – Red alert storage level reached. He said that the Dam Management Committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary has reviewed the water level in the dams and there is no cause for concern at present.

In view of these and possible disasters such as landslides, mountain floods, flash floods, water logging in cities and low-lying areas, there is a need for preparedness in and adjacent areas where heavy rainfall is expected. . In this regard, measures have been taken to immediately complete the work of shifting people living in landslide and flood affected areas to safer places, he said, adding that the state government has dealt well with the monsoon disasters. Necessary preparations have started. By conducting pre-assessment, mock drills and meetings in March this year.

He said that apart from state and district and taluk level control rooms, a special police control room would also be set up in each district to deal with emergency situations, adding that the disaster response teams of all police stations had been instructed. is given Ready to deal with emergency situations. He said that all the control rooms will work 24 hours.

He added that the police have also been directed to keep earth-moving equipment, boats and other life-saving equipment ready in all police stations. The Chief Minister said that the fishermen should avoid going into the sea and the district authorities should ensure this.

Apart from this, he said that instructions have been issued to set up relief camps and make them accessible. Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts have already declared a holiday on August 2 for schools and other educational institutions there. Referring to the road accident on the first day in which three people died, he said that there is a high risk of accidents during heavy rains and therefore everyone should exercise caution and avoid night travel in hilly areas. Should also try.

Similar instructions were already issued by state revenue minister K Rajan and state police chief Anil Kant to their respective departments. The Chief Minister, in a release earlier in the day, asked people to be very careful, not go to rivers, reservoirs and streams to bathe, wash clothes or bathe animals, avoid night travel as much as possible and strictly Be prepared to act. Warning issued by Disaster Management Authority.

Mining and quarrying activities have been suspended in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts in view of bad weather and heavy rain warnings, officials said. Meanwhile, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief and MP K Sidhakaran asked all party workers to come forward to help in rain-related relief work.

A holiday was declared in educational institutions in some parts of the state on Monday. The Central Meteorological Department on Sunday predicted heavy rains in Kerala till August 4. A red alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall of more than 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert means heavy rainfall of 6 cm to 20 cm is possible. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

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