Heavy rain in Kerala; red, orange alerts sounded

Heavy rain in Kerala; red, orange alerts sounded


Heavy rain continued to lash across on Friday, especially in the central districts of Kottayam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta. In Malappuram, which bore the brunt of last year's flood, it had been pouring till late afternoon, resulting in landslides. Shutters of Pambla dam in Idukki have been opened.

Red alert has been sounded in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Kannur districts today, in Kozhikode and Wayanad tomorrow and Idukki, Kozhikode and Wayanad on July 22. Rain is expected to be intense going up to over 200 mm, according to IMD.

Orange alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Friday and on Saturday in Ernakulam and rain between 115 mm and 175mm is predicted.

North-east winds with up to 50 km per hour speed is expected to hit Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts on Friday and Saturday. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea.

The authorities have sounded alert and asked people to keep tab of weather bulletins.

Traffic movement on the Vagamon-Theekkoyi road was disrupted temporarily due to landslide. Similar mudslips were reported from Kottayam and Erattupetta.