Thiruvananthapuram: According to the most recent weather reports, Kerala will likely continue to experience incessant rains that have already claimed more than 8 lives. An orange alert has been declared in the districts of Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod. A yellow alert was declared in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Palakkad. Kollam and Thiruvanathapuram have no warnings as of now.
IMD issued a warning that light to moderate rainfall with gusty winds of up to 55 kmph is likely to occur at one or two places in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts & light rainfall with gusty winds up to 55 kmph is likely to occur at one or two places in the Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Palakkad districts.
All educational institutions , including professional colleges, anganwadis, ICSE/CBSE schools, and madrasas in Alappuzha, Kannur, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Kasaragod, Palakkad, Idukki, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, and Kollam will remain closed on Thursday. Holiday was declared for all educational institutions in Malappuram’s Ponnani taluk. All of the exams at Mahatma Gandhi University have been postponed for Thursday and revised dates will be informed later. The Kerala PSC exams and other university exams scheduled for Thursday will not be changed in the meantime.
River Pamba is overflowing leaving low lying areas flooded. Iraviperoor Junction has been reported to be under water. In Kochi’s Kannamaly, more than 300 homes have been submerged by the sea. Water levels at the Periyar River basin’s Kalady, Marthandavarma, and Mangalapuzha stations are below the corresponding flood alert levels. The Puzhakuni tribal settlement was isolated following the overflow of Kalloor river in Wayanad’s Noolpuzha. Due to incessant rain, flooding is reported in the western part of Kottayam.
On Wednesday, a total of 47 relief centers were opened across Kerala. According to the most recent data, 886 persons have been relocated to relief camps across several regions. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a Facebook post, said that as the heavy rains continue, there are possibilities of flash floods, landslides and waterlogging in low-lying areas and therefore, the public and government agencies should be vigilant and cautious.
After the water levels in the Kallarkutty and Pambla dams in Idukki reached red alert levels, a few shutters of the two dams were opened from 12.30 AM onward to release 300 cumecs and 500 cumecs of water, respectively. The district administration warned people who lived near the Periyar and Muthirapuzha rivers to exercise caution and be prepared to leave their homes in case water got inside. The Kavanakkallu Regulator-cum-Bridge (RCB), which is across the river Chaliyar in the Malappuram district, likewise had all of its shutters opened in the morning. Shutters of Karikkayam and Ullunkal dams across river Kakkad and Maniyar dam on the Kakkattar river in Pathanamthitta district were also opened.