Heavy rain lashes Idukki; Kumily-Tamil Nadu road shut

Heavy rain lashes Idukki
Landslides were reported in Vellayamkudi in Nedumkandam.

Admimali/Kumily: Idukki, one of the worst hit areas in the August rain and floods, witnessed heavy rain on Friday. Roads were destroyed after the rain triggered landslides.

The authorities were forced to stop traffic movement through the Kumily route, one of the major roads connecting Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the region, after the road collapsed.

Landslides were also reported in Vellayamkudi in Nedumkandam. Many parts of the Nedumkandam town was inundated in rain water.

Munnar, Thodupuzha, Adimali regions reported thunder showers.

After the safety wall of Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway caved in at Valara, district collector K Jeevan Babu shut the road connecting Neriamangalam and Adimali till further order.

The Mathakovil road on the Kottarakra-Dindigul National Highway has been destroyed. It will take at least a month to reinstate the roads, said reports.

The Kambamedu-Puliyanmala route can be utilized to reach Kumily from Tamil Nadu.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecast heavy rain in several districts of Kerala till September 30.

An yellow alert has been issued after IMD predicted rain between 64.4 mm and 124.4 mm in these areas.

The government had ordered all officials concerned to be present in these areas to carry out disaster management activities.

During the August deluge, Idukki dam was opened after 26 years as the water level inched towards its maximum capacity of 2,403 feet.

The picturesque Munnar town in Idukki district was almost totally cut off and traffic was disrupted after two shutters of the Mattupetti dam were opened.

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