Torrential rainfall lashed Kerala on Sunday, resulting in widespread damage, landslides and waterlogging in various parts of the state. Very heavy rainfall has been predicted in few places of Kerala and heavy showers in Lakshadweep for two days, according to officials of India Meteorological department.
High range Idukki and coastal Alappuzha district also witnessed relentless downpour, while waterlogging caused traffic blocks in some parts of Kochi. The state government has announced a holiday on Monday in educational institutions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directing district collectors and officials to take necessary precautionary steps to meet any eventuality.
Vijayan, in a Facebook post, said fire force and disaster management departments have been asked to be on alert. He also urged those staying close to areas prone to landslips and river banks to be cautious.
In the wake of heavy rainfall, three shutters of the Karukutty dam have also been opened.
Incessant downpour triggered landslip in the tribal hamlet of Attappady and adjacent areas in Palakkad district earlier this morning, though there were no reports of injuries, said officials. With the South West monsoon active over the state, fishermen have been warned about strong winds blowing from southwesterly direction with an occasional speed of 45-55 kmph along the Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area in the next 24 hours.
Many parts of Palakkad have been experiencing heavy rainfall for the past three days, according to authorities. Huge amount of destruction and agricultural crop loss were reported in the interior areas, they added. Several houses and roads were also damaged in various parts. Anakkal, Puthur and Jellyppara areas in Attappady were affected the most.
Due to heavy rains, rail traffic was also partially affected on the Kottayam-Thiruvananthapuram route as earth caved in and onto the track.
While Taliparamba in Kannur district received 6 cm rainfall, Vythiri in Wayanad district recorded 5 cm rain, as per meteorological department sources. They also said thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds was likely to hit Thiruvananthapuram district.
Recent downpour has also come as a relief to the state, which registered a 25 per cent fall in the rainfall between June 1-August 23 this year.
With inputs from PTI