Heavy rain forecast from tomorrow, 12 dams opened; Thrissur, Palakkad out of red alert

Heavy rain forecast from tomorrow, 12 dams opened; Thrissur, Palakkad out of red alert


A depression has been formed in the Arabian Sea and should gather strength over the next 12 hours bringing very heavy rain across Kerala from tomorrow for the next five days, according to the Met office. Shutters of 12 dams were opened and a decision regarding opening of the Idukki dam shutters would be taken tomorrow.

The Met department said depression was likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in 36 hours and move towards Oman coast thereafter. This could mean that the cyclone would not affect Kerala, though there could be heavy rain and gusty winds.

While Idukki continued to be under red alert, Thrissur and Palakkad were removed from the list. Instead Malappuram has been warned of heavy downpour.

A flash flood at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode which bore the brunt of the August flood, created a scare today. According to locals, there was no heavy rain and the landslide could have happened in the forest area in the higher region.

The Disaster Management Authoritiy held meetings in all districts today.

Though it was proposed to open the Idukki dam today, it was cancelled as the water level fell to to 2387.72 ft 2387.78, over 15 ft below the full reservoir level. The electricity board was asked by the disaster management team to keep a tab on the level and have continuous monitoring. Opening of dams at night had been ruled out.

The opening of the Kakki, Anathodu, Pamba and Moozhiyar dams could affect preparations for the coming Sabarimala season.

Banasura Sagar,Kakkayam, Cheemeni, Mattupetty, Ponmudi,Thenmala, Aruvikkara, and Neyyar dams were opened.