Thiruvananthapuram: Widespread rain is predicted in the state today. Yellow alert has been issued for eight districts due to the possibility of heavy rain. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Due to the possibility of bad weather, fishing has also been banned off the coasts of Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep.
The Indian Meteorological Department has informed that the monsoon will spread to more places in the coming hours. The monsoon arrived in Kerala yesterday, after seven days than it normally arrives in the state, says the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Cyclone Biporjoy, which has become very intense, is moving north-westwards in the Arabian Sea.
Meanwhile, shutters of Malankara dam in Idukki district are planned to open today as part of regulating the water level. It is decided to raise all six shutters up to one metre and let out 234 cumex of water per second. The District Collector has instructed the people on the banks of the Thodupuzha and Muvatupuzha rivers to be cautious. The current water level in the dam is 39.62 metres, while the maximum storage capacity limit is 42.00 metres. It has been decided to raise the shutters considering the heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the dam and more water from Moolamattam Power House.