Heavy rains continue in Kerala, red alert issued in Idukki

Heavy rain to continue in Central and South Kerala for next 48 hours
A tea stall owner waits for customers in a water-logged road in Kochi. Photo: Manorama
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Rain lashing several parts of Kerala since Wednesday morning will continue for the next 48 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed.

The State Disaster Management Authority has issued red alert in Idukki and orange alert in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. Yellow alert has been issued in the rest of the nine districts.

Heavy rain to continue in Central and South Kerala for next 48 hours
A lane in Kochi's Panampilly Nagar after a spell of heavy rain on Wednesday morning.

Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts have been receiving torrential rain since the wee hours of Wednesday.

Heavy rain to continue in Central and South Kerala for next 48 hours
COVID and water-logging has left one of the busy intersections in Kochi's Panampilly Nagar deserted.

Waterlogging has been reported from Palluruthi, Thoppumpadi, Panampilly Nagar, South Kadavanthra and MG Road in Ernakulam district.

Heavy rain to continue in Central and South Kerala for next 48 hours
Kochi's Panampilly Nagar road is inundated after a spell of heavy rain on Wednesday morning.

Rain and the resultant waterlogging have disrupted traffic in several parts of Kochi city. Traffic snarls have been reported from Pettah to Kundanoor junction.

Heavy rain to continue in Central and South Kerala for next 48 hours
A lane in Kochi's Panampilly Nagar

As rain continued to unabated, police officers across the state were kept on alert to face any emergency. Places were the Meteorological Department has issued an alert, both armed police battalions have also been kept on alert.

Employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in Ernakulam could not enter office because of waterlogging. However, it has not affected the bus services so far.

In Kottayam, landslide near railway track in Muttambalam, a few metres away from Kottaym Railway Station, has disrupted train services. Railway officials are working to clear the electric lines and mud from the tracks.

Heavy rain to continue in Central and South Kerala for next 48 hours

Thrissur town is also reeling under waterlogging, thanks to the heavy rain that lashed continuously for two hours. Traffic has been disrupted in many places in the city. Meanwhile, the district administration has alerted those living on the banks of Chalakkudy river.

Pathanamthitta district collector has warned that the shutters of the Manimalayar dam will be raised from 5 to 10 cm if the rain intensifies. The residents living on the banks of Pamba and Kakki have been issued warnings.

Two shutters of Aruvikara dam in Thiruvananthapuram have been raised by 20 and 50 cm respectively. The shutters will be raised further, District Information Officer has informed.

Weather scientist Dr S Abhilash of Cochin University of Science and Technology said the heavy rain indicated that monsoon became active in the state. "Monsoon has never been strong in Kerala ever since its onset this season. Monsoon will strengthen in the coming days," he said.

He said the cyclonic circulation formed in south eastern parts of Bay of Bengal caused the heavy rain. "This may continue for next 48 hours. A similar spell is expected in the second week of August too," he said.

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