Thiruvananthapuram: Rain Intensifies in several districts of Kerala. New Warnings have been declared for North Kerala. Orange alert has been declared in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts. Yellow alert has been announced in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts.
Heavy rains in North Kerala have caused extensive damages. In Kannur, a two-storey house under construction collapsed, while in Palakkad, a falling tree at Nelliampathi Pass disrupted traffic. Additionally, Kozhikode witnessed overflowing rivers due to the incessant downpour. Similarly, wells at Pothukkal in Malappuram and Kuttiyadi also gave way. In many areas of North Kerala, road traffic has been severely affected by waterlogging on the roads. In Wayanad’s Kalpetta, a car carrying a Tamil Nadu Forest Department official overturned into a waterhole. The situation remains critical as the heavy rains persist.
The Central Meteorological Department has issued a warning stating that widespread rain is expected to persist for the next five days starting today. Cyclone activity has been detected over the Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh regions, and there is another cyclonic circulation prevailing over southwest Madhya Pradesh, southeast Rajasthan, and northeast Gujarat. Given this weather situation, the Central Meteorological Department has alerted that Kerala may experience widespread rain and heavy downpour in isolated areas over the next five days.
A new cyclonic circulation has been observed over the central-west and northwest Bay of Bengal. Additionally, there is a possibility of a new low-pressure system forming near the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast in the northwest Bay of Bengal and central-west Bay of Bengal by tomorrow (July 24).