Thiruvananthapuram: The state will experience ongoing rainfall today, with a yellow alert being issued in six districts. The districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasaragod are under a rain warning. In response, the Collectors have declared holidays for schools that are currently operating relief camps in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Kottayam districts. In Alappuzha district, only LP and UP schools have been granted a holiday.
The Central Meteorological Department has issued a warning about the potential occurrence of light rain in isolated areas of Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod districts in the coming hours. Fishing remains prohibited along the coasts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Lakshadweep. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Center has reported the possibility of high tides and sea storms along the Kerala coast. Additionally, there is a chance of strong winds and inclement weather with gusts ranging from 45 to 55 km per hour, and in some instances, reaching up to 65 km per hour.
It is predicted that there is a possibility of rain in the state for the next five days. A yellow alert has been declared in Idukki, Kannur and Kasaragod districts tomorrow. A chance of isolated heavy rain is predicted.
With intermittent rains comes the threat of various communicable diseases which can be fatal. Health department has asked people to be vigilant against rat fever and dengue fever in the state. The number of people, who sought treatment yesterday for fever, crossed 11,000. The spread of dengue fever is a serious concern. Malappuram district has 2150 patients and most of the affected people are in Malappuram district. 370 people sought treatment with dengue symptoms and 177 people were diagnosed with dengue fever.
An instruction has been given to keep an eye on the spread of influenza in children. It has been warned that the continued intermittent rains in the state will lead to an increase in dengue fever and rat fever. Therefore, the health department’s suggestion is to strengthen prevention activities focused on homes, institutions and public places. Dry days should be observed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Current surveillance divides problem areas into hotspots for influenza prevention.
The serious failure of the government, including in mosquito control, has led to the increase in infectious fevers. A clean-up campaign after the outbreak of the fever has not been of much use.