Kerala rainfall: Kalarkutty Dam opened, 12 districts on orange alert

Due to the recent heavy rain, a holiday was declared for Wednesday for educational institutions in six districts of Kerala.
Kerala rainfall: Kalarkutty Dam opened, 12 districts on orange alert

Kalarkutty Dam's gates are open

In Amarambalam of the Malappuram district, searches continue for a woman and her grandchild who were lost in floodwaters. Image by Manorama

Four weather-related deaths have been reported in Wadakkancherry in Palakkad, Arippalam in Thrissur, Adoor in Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha as heavy rain continues to pummelled Kerala, according to Thiruvananthapuram.

Early on Wednesday, the body of a migrant labourer who vanished the day before when a country boat capsized in heavy rain and strong winds close to the Thottappally spillway was found.

At Amarambalam in Malappuram on Wednesday, a mother and her grandchild were washed away, and one person was reported missing from Iruvanjipuzha in Kozhikode.

On Wednesday, two of the Kalarkutty Dam's shutters in Idukki were raised by 15 cm apiece. It is probable that the Pambla dam (lower Periyar) will open soon. Those who live along the banks of the Periyar and Muthirapuzha rivers have been warned.

According to the India Meteorological Service, the bad weather is expected to last through Saturday. With the exception of Kollam and Thiruvanthapuram, all districts have been placed on orange alert. At Kollam, there was a yellow alert.

As the water level in the Manimala river exceeds hazardous levels, 9 relief camps have been constructed in Pathanamthitta. 95 households relocated to safety: Divya S. Iyer is the district collector.

After a significant downpour, a safety wall at Kannur Central Prison fell at 7:30 am.

In Amarambalam of the Malappuram district, searches continue for a woman and her grandchild who were lost in floodwaters.

The body of a man who vanished after his country boat capsized in Alappuzha's Thottappally spillway due to torrential rain and strong winds was found early on Wednesday. Raj Kumar, a foreign worker, was identified as the deceased (he was 23).

6 camps in Kottayam house 16 households. There are 58 people living in the camps in total, including 23 men, 22 women, and 13 kids.

Due to flooding, 5 families in the Mundakampadam neighbourhood of Thottapuzhasseri, Pathanamthitta, moved to relief camps.

District collectors of Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, and Kannur declared holidays for all academic institutions, including professional colleges.

The collector in Kasaragod district proclaimed a school-only holiday. The collector in the Pathanamthitta district, meanwhile, issued a holiday order for all schools that have been temporarily transformed into relief facilities.

extensive destruction

On Tuesday, various areas of Kerala were pounded by relentless heavy rain, which uprooted trees, damaged houses, and caused waterlogging.

The state's coastal regions bore the brunt of rough seas, with seawater seeping into low-lying areas. Idukki issued a restriction on nighttime travel, and high-risk areas of the state were placed on high alert.

In the districts of Kollam, Alappuzha, Thrissur, Kottayam, and Ernakulam, trees were uprooted. Strong winds forced trees to fall, causing damage to several residences as well as traffic jams on the Kollam-Shenkottai route and at Palarivattom, Kochi. After the roadways were cleansed of the logs, traffic was resumed.

Following a tree falling on the track, Punalur-Kollam and Kollam-Punalur Memu train services were halted for the day.

On the Thrissur-Shoranur National Highway, a 100-year-old tree was uprooted close to the Peringavu Madurai Hotel and snapped nearby electric cables.

Thangamani, 55, was killed in Wadakkanchery, Palakkad, when a coconut tree collapsed on her.

sea assault
Water levels increased in numerous rivers in central Kerala as a result of the intense rain.

Hundreds of households from a tribal colony became stuck in Kurumbanmuzhi in the Pathanamthitta district as the water level in the river Pamba surged.

The Meenachil River also rose, alarming residents in numerous Kottayam district neighbourhoods.

Water logging was seen across Kochi, especially at the KSRTC bus stop.

As a result of choppy waves and heavy gusts, coastal regions were placed on high alert. Large waves and rising sea levels in the Ernakulam district's Nayarambalam and Njarakkal caused concern among coastal residents.

The district's Chellanam, Puthenthodu, Cheriyakadavu, and Kannammali regions also saw maritime assaults.

After their boat capsized due to heavy weather, some fisherman had a narrow escape near Muthalapozhi in the Thiruvananthapuram district.

During nonstop rain, Ponnani Taluk's coastline areas in Malappuram saw significant sea erosion.

To provide housing for those people threatened by rising sea levels, the district administration established a camp inside the MES HS School in Ponnani. 66 individuals from 16 households have already been relocated to relief camps.

The sea erosion severely damaged the Ponnani Lighthouse, Marakkadavu, Murinjazhi, Aliyar Palli, Mylanjikadu, the grounds of the Putho Ponnani Abu Huraira Mosque, Veliyangodu Thannithura, Pathumuri in the Ponnani taluk, and Ajmir in the Perumpadappu panchayat.

Since the evening, the coastal roads have been under water.

The district's orange notice has been extended through Thursday, and the local government has issued a warning to the populace to take precautions against soil erosion and flash floods.

The Disaster Management Committee requested that the police take action to limit access to ghat roads and places that are prone to landslides.

In order to respond to catastrophes, a team of 26 people from the National Disaster Response Force has been camped out at Nilambur.