Heavy rain to continue in Kerala; yellow alert in 8 districts

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will continue to witness heavy rain accompanied by lightning and strong wins in the next five days under the influence of the depression over the Arabian Sea, alerted India Meteorological Department.

A yellow alert has been sounded for eight districts on Sunday -- Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. On Monday, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Ernakulam are under yellow alert.

The state is expected to receive rainfall between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm in the next 24 hours. Those residing in hilly and coastal areas where rains may intensify have been instructed to exercise extra caution. 

Incessant rain has left many places inundated in southern Kerala and laid siege to several houses in various districts.

Relief camps opened in Alappuzha

District authorities have opened three relief camps in Alappuzha with rain gaining strength in the district. 

The camps have been opened in Thanneermukkam, Cherthala North and Komalapuram. As per reports, 26 families have already been shifted to the camps.

Landslide hits Thrissur
Meanwhile, Thrissur district witnessed an average rainfall of 43.83 mm in the past 24 hours, informed authorities. Due to rains, the sitout of Alayil Joshi, who resides in Kompath Kadav village of Mukundapuram taluk was damaged in a landslide. Joshi's family was relocated to a relative's house due to the threat of another landslide.

Similarly, the well situated in the backyard of Koottuvalappil Sureshkumar who stays in the eighth ward of Puthur grama panchayat caved in during the heavy rain. As the collapsed well is adjacent to his home, the householders have been evacuated to a safer location.

The houses of Adiparambil Vijesh of Padiyoor village and Puthukkattil Ravichandran of Pullur village were partially damaged due to heavy rain last night, informed the district authorities.

House collapses in Idukki, no casualties
A house at Kanchiyar in Idukki collapsed due to incessant rain. The house, which belonged to Sumesh Philip of Kozhimala, was completely destroyed. 

Sumesh ran out of the house with his wife and two kids immediately after the kitchen collapsed, thereby avoiding any casualties in the incident. 

They have temporarily moved to a shed nearby. People in the area have demanded that Sumesh and his family be rehabilitated at the earliest with the area receiving continuous rain. 

Dams opened
At the same time, four shutters of Poomala Dam were raised by 2.5 cm on Sunday morning. The water level at Sholayar Dam was 2661.10ft (maximum water level - 2663 feet) and Peringalkuthu Dam 419.4 m (maximum water level - 423.98 m) at 7 am, respectively.

Though the southwest monsoon has started to withdraw, Kerala is all set to brace for another rainy season with the onset of northeast monsoon in October. As per the IMD forecast, Kerala will record abundant rainfall in October.

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