Red alert issued to 7 districts of Kerala

Kerala rains. Photo by EPS.

Kerala, India — 7 districts of Kerala is on red alert as Kerala is expected to recieve heavy rainfall in the coming 24 hours.

On Sunday The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued red alert on 7 districts of Kerala; Alappuzha, Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts. While the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is on yellow alert, the remaining six districts of Kerala has been issued an orange alert by IMD.

A low pressure area was formed over northwest and adjoining west-central area of Bay of Bengal on Sunday, that could result in heavy rainfall.

According to the latest update from IMD, there will be moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with gusty winds with a speed of 40 kilometres per hour in Neyyattitnkara and higher range areas in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts.

Kerala recieved surplus rainfall on Saturday resulting in to flooding in several low lying areas of various districts. All the shutters of Neyyar dam were opened at 10 am on Sunday and the settlements living beside the river have been alerted to take precautions.

While the danger level is 142 feet for dams, the water level in Mullaperiyar dam reached 135.35 feet on Sunday. Eight of the KSEB major dams are on red alert. They are Kallarkutti, lower Periyar, Ponmudi, Irratayar, Muzhiyar, Poringalkuthu, Kallar and Kuttiyadi.

Apart from these the water levels of many rivers including Pampa, Achankovil, Meenachil, Manimala, Neyyar and Bharatapuzha are rising.