Heavy rain to continue in Kerala, Orange alert in 9 districts today

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is likely to witness heavy rain in the coming days.

The State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has sounded an Orange alert in nine districts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The nine districts are Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod.

These districts are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5 mm - 204.4 mm), as per a KSDMA release.

Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts are likely to remain on Orange alert until Friday.

Fishermen from Kerala and Lakshadweep are advised not to venture out in the sea on October 14 and 15 due to heavy rain.

According to the IMD, the cyclonic effect will remain in the Arabian Sea for another three days.

A Red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an Orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. An yellow alert denotes heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Kerala on Tuesday, leading to people being evacuated from certain parts of Thrissur and Kozhikode to relief and rehabilitation camps and the loss of two lives in Malappuram as the water level rose in rivers and dams.

Earlier on Tuesday, during the wee hours before dawn, two children lost their lives in Malappuram due to the rains after a nearby under-construction house collapsed onto their residence, police said.

Though the children -- a baby girl of six months and her eight-year-old sister -- were rushed to the Kozhikode medical college hospital, their lives could not be saved.

Following the warnings and rising water levels in various dams and rivers of the state, district administrations -- like that of Thrissur, Kozhikode and Malappuram, have swung into action and began evacuating or shifting families, who were affected or those could be affected by the heavy rainfall, to relief camps.

In Thrissur, state Minister for Land Revenue K Rajan, taking note of the heavy rainfall there which was leading to a rise in water level of Chalakudy river and flooding of houses near Koodappuzha, directed taking of immediate precautionary measures.

He also convened an online meeting of all the District Collectors and directed them to be prepared to combat the present weather conditions and its consequences, like floods and landslides.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said that in view of various weather conditions -- like the tropical storm Kompasu in the west Pacific Ocean -- around the Indian subcontinent people are being requested to be alert and vigilant for the next two days.

Presently, there was no need to be alarmed, he added.

He also said that the Collectors were asked to take precautionary measures based on the state's previous experiences due to heavy rainfall in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

An emergency meeting was held at the Chalakudy taluk office under the leadership of the District Collector, who also visited some of the flooded sites and advised people living in low lying areas not to be averse to moving from there.

He later told reporters that the situation was under control and that entry to tourist attractions in the district was prohibited presently.

Other district administrations, like that of Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod, said they have geared up to face any calamities which could result due to the downpour and have cautioned fishermen and those living in low-lying areas to be alert.

The incessant rains also flooded or waterlogged many roads and low lying areas in the state, according to district level authorities.

The weather department has predicted 64.5 mm to 204.4 mm of rainfall in the next 24 hours in various parts of the southern state.

The SDMA, in its release, has said that those living in areas at risk of natural disasters during the rains should have an emergency kit ready immediately.

It has also cautioned people against taking selfies or standing in groups on the overpasses above water bodies.

The weather department had on Monday issued a heavy rainfall alert for Tuesday for several parts of the state.

It had said that a cyclonic circulation was present over the east-central Arabian Sea and it was likely to persist during the next three days and as result, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall was very likely in Kerala from October 11 to October 15.

Control rooms set up in Kerala

The government has set up control rooms to handle emergencies in the wake of heavy rains in the state.

State Control Room Number: 1070, 1079 (Toll-free number)

District Control Room Number: 1077

Ban on night travel in Idukki

Night travel has been banned in the Idukki district till the night of October 14 due to the possibility of landslides.

The travel ban will be from 7 pm to 6 am.

The Idukki District Collector has, however, allowed night travel for emergency purposes, such as COVID-19 relief work.

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