Heavy rain batters Kerala; Orange alert in two districts

Rain / Kochi | File Photo: Josekutty Panackal / Manorama
File Photo: Josekutty Panackal/Manorama

Thiruvananthapuram: As southwest monsoon intensified, heavy rain continued to lash across Kerala wreaking havoc in several parts, especially in hilly areas. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded orange and yellow alerts in various districts for the next five days. Kannur and Kasaragod districts are placed under orange alert on Tuesday as heavy rainfall ranging from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm is expected in these districts.

Orange alert in districts
June 25 - Kannur, Kasaragod
June 26 -Wayanad

Yellow alert in districts
June 25 - Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad
June 26 - Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod
June 27 - Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod
June 28 - Kannur, Kasaragod

Trees uprooted in wind
As per the IMD forecast, most districts are expected to receive heavy rain accompanied by lightning and gusty wind with speed reaching up to 40 km per hour.
On Monday, strong wind and rain led to accidents in several spaces as huge trees were uprooted and walls collapsed. A person was killed after a tree fell over a car and KSRTC bus on the Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway. The car was completely destroyed while the bus was damaged partially.

Compared to other districts, northern parts of the state have been receiving heavy downpour from Saturday. Kozhikode's hilly regions like Nadapuram and Kuttyadi recorded extremely heavy rainfall on Monday. Traffic was interrupted on Parakkadavu road in Nadapuram after a tree fell across the road. A mudslide on Thamarassery Ghat Road also led to traffic disruption on the highway.

Southern districts including Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta also reported accidents in the heavy rain and gusty wind. Trees were uprooted in Kollam's Chithara, Thenmala and Karunagappally causing damage.

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