Red alert issued in 8 districts due to heavy rain

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared a red alert in 8 districts of Kerala on Thursday as rains continued in various parts of the state and disrupted the daily life of people as roads were flooded. They came under water. Many people moved from their homes to relief camps. The IMD has issued a red alert for the day in the districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur and an orange alert has been issued in the rest of the districts except Thiruvananthapuram where there is a yellow alert.

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. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm. As a result of inclement weather in the state, the water level of various rivers – such as the Pampa, Manimala and Akankovel – in Pathanamthita district of the state have reached or crossed the danger level.

Many families were shifted to relief camps in view of landslides and floods, district officials said. The roof of an anganwadi building collapsed in Konni taluk of Pathanamthita district, officials said, adding that there was no casualty.

Water in some major dams and reservoirs in the state is also rising, with water in the Idukki reservoir reaching the blue alert storage level and the Ponmudi dam in Idukki district reaching the red alert storage level. Meanwhile, six shutters of the Malankara Dam in Idukki were opened by 100 cm at 6 am, district officials said.

According to Idukki district officials, the water level in Malaperiyar Dam was 135.35 feet at 11 am. Apart from Pathanamthitta and Idukki, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts also received heavy rainfall.

In Thrissur, the fourth sluice of the Paringalkathu dam was opened causing the water level of Chalakudy river to rise to dangerous levels prompting district officials to immediately evacuate people living on its banks. Due to heavy rains in Thrissur district, Chimney Dam shutters are also expected to rise further and as a result the water in Cromley river, which is already above the warning level, is expected to rise further, officials said.

In Kozhikode, five flights from the Middle East that were bound for Calicut airport were diverted to Cochin International Airport due to bad weather. Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) said Air Arabia flights from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, Gulf Air flights from Bahrain, Air India Express flights from Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways flights from Doha were diverted to Cochin. , Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) said.

Menachal river overflowed in Kottayam causing some roads to be submerged. In some other parts of the state, TV channels showed scenes of roads that were cracked or potholed as a result of the rain.

A day earlier, a holiday was declared in schools and educational institutions in various districts of the state in view of the rain, but in Ernakulam, the announcement was made only after 8 am on Thursday, causing many students to attend schools. Entered and then declared leave. sent back home. This led to widespread criticism of the Ernakulam District Collector on social media.

Meanwhile, the Central Meteorological Department has predicted widespread rains in Kerala from August 4 to 8. 18 people have died, hundreds of properties have been damaged and thousands have been shifted to relief camps in the past few days due to landslides and floods in Kerala due to torrential rains. The government said on Wednesday.

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