Kerala rain: IMD issues red alert for 8 districts as heavy rains continue in many areas
With heavy rains continuing to lash various parts of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a red alert for 8 districts of the state. Heavy rains have disrupted the day-to-day lives of people as roads have been flooded or submerged and many people have been displaced from their homes and moved to relief camps.
The districts where red alert has been issued for the day include Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur and orange alert has been issued in remaining districts except Thiruvananthapuram where yellow alert is in force. .
Red alert indicates heavy to very heavy rain of more than 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rain of 6 cm to 20 cm. Yellow alert means heavy rain between 6 to 11 cms. The water level of various rivers like Pampa, Manimala and Achankovil in Pathanamthitta district has crossed or near the danger level due to bad weather in the state.
Several families have been shifted to relief camps in the wake of heavy rains, fearing landslides and flooding. The roof of an Anganwadi building collapsed in Konni taluk of Pathanamthitta district and there were no casualties, officials said.
Water is also rising in some major dams and reservoirs of the state as water in Idukki reservoir has reached the blue alert storage level and at Ponmudi dam in Idukki district it has reached the red alert storage level. Meanwhile, district officials told PTI that six shutters of the Malankara dam in Idukki were opened at a distance of 100 cm at 6 am.
According to Idukki district officials, the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam was 135.35 feet at 11 am. Apart from Pathanamthitta and Idukki, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kozhikode districts also received heavy rains.
In Kozhikode, five flights from the Middle East 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 flight from Bahrain, Air India Express flight from Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways flight from Doha were diverted to Cochin.
Holiday was declared for schools and educational institutions in various districts of the state a day ago due to heavy rains, but was announced only after 8 am on Thursday in Ernakulam, forcing many students to attend schools and then go to school. lay. sent back home.