As rains continue to lash days ahead of the expected onset of Southwest monsoon, IMD has issued a red alert in 5 districts in Kerala on May 16. IMD issued a red alert in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts. A few low lying areas in Kerala were flooded on May 15 due to heavy downpour.
The state has recorded an all-time high rainfall during Northeast Monsoon this year since 1901, though the season is only midway. It has received 244.4mm rainfall till November 15 against the average of 103.8mm, an excess of 136%. The earlier highest rainfall was 823.3mm in 2010.
Heavy rain continued to lash most parts of the state on Sunday, leaving at least four people dead, damaging scores of houses and destroying a large extent of crops besides causing flood and landslips in some areas.
Low lying areas in many parts of Thiruvananthapuram were flooded on Saturday as rivers and streams overflowed due to incessant rainfall, for over 12 hours, in the state capital.
The water level in Mullaperiyar Dam rose to 138.95 feet at 11 am on October 30, 2021, prompting Tamil Nadu to release 1,675 cusecs of water into Periyar and causing concern among Kerala government authorities for the safety of those living in the vulnerable downstream areas.
Ending hours of anxiety, the floodgates of the Idukki reservoir were opened at 11 am on Tuesday. The second, third and fourth shutters of the Cheruthoni dam, one of the three dams that form the Idukki reservoir, were opened in the presence of Electricity Minister K Krishnankutty and Water Resources Minister Roshy Augustine.
Kerala rains: Plans to release water from dams cause flood concerns, alerts issued at Idukki, Idamalayar
Akin to the floods in 2018, three days of heavy rainfall have led to steady inflow and brimming water levels in Kerala's dams. The Kakki dam, part of Sabarigiri project, will open its shutters at 11 am on Monday, October 18, 2021, and the water level in Pampa river is expected to rise. With Ayyappa devotees waiting to proceed to Sabarimala hill shrine on Tuesday, the decision to release water has caused concern.
20 people have been killed in Kerala since last night, as a result of heavy rains that triggered landslides in the districts of Idukki and Kottayam. 12 have been found dead in Kottayam, and 6 in Idukki. At least 13 people have been reported missing, including five children. Meanwhile, the Centre will provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala who have been affected by heavy rains and resulting floods.
Kerala has been witnessing heavy rains since Friday night owing to the low-pressure formations in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.Kottayam and Pathanamthitta are the most affected districts in Kerala due to heavy rains.In Kottayam, at least 13 persons were reported missing following a landslide in Koottickal panchayat.
A major #landslide swept down a portion of the Pettimudi hills at Rajamala in #Munnar, in Idukki district, trapping scores of estate workers under heaps of debris.
A few young players of a local soccer club rescued around 300 families who were caught unawares as floodwaters gushed into their houses.
Kerala has witnessed over 80 landslides in the last four days, due to flash floods and heavy rainfall.
The northern districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, which bore the brunt of the rain fury this season, have reported the most deaths so far.