The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a red alert in eight districts of Kerala as heavy rainfall continued to lash various parts of the state. Many people have been displaced from their homes as rivers overflow and flood the surrounding areas.
A red alert was issued in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur while an orange alert was issued in the remaining districts except for Thiruvananthapuram where a yellow alert is in place.
The state’s longest river, Periyar overflowed and flooded the surrounding villages. Other rivers including Chalakkudi, Pampa, Manimala and Achankovil are close to or crossing danger levels due to the incessant rainfall.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned residents along the banks of the river Chalakkudi to be ready to evacuate as per instructions of the authorities. He also asked the people living in low-lying areas of Thrissur and Ernakulam districts to be cautious.
He added that travelling during night time is banned in hilly regions as it poses a threat.
A statement by the chief minister’s office said that the water storage level in six major dams — Ponmudi, Lower Periyar, Kallarkutty, Erattayar and Kundala in Idukki and Moozhiyar in Pathanamthitta districts — have reached alarming levels.
The heavy rains also caused landslides in some parts of the state which also affected road traffic.