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Kerala Rains Highlights: Red alert in 10 districts; Holiday for educational institutions in 11 districts tomorrow

Kerala IMD Prediction, Kerala Weather News Live Updates, Kerala Rains Today News Live Updates, August 02, 2022: The red alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Kannur.

Kerala Rains, Kerala IMD Prediction, Kerala Weather News Kerala Rains Live News, 2 August 2022: People travel amid incessant rains in Kochi. (Express Photo by Nitin RK)

Kerala Rains News, IMD Weather Forecast Highlights: 12 people lost their lives in different rain related incidents in Kerala since Sunday, officials said. Amidst heavy rainfall in the state, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘red alert’, warning of heavy rainfall, in 10 districts of Kerala, and an ‘orange’ alert in the rest. In fact, the weather body has issued red alerts in different districts till August 4 — the highest rainfall warning has been issued for 10 districts on August 3, and nine districts on August 4.

Due to the heavy rainfall alert in the state, the administrations of 11 districts- Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad-have declared a holiday for all the educational institutions tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government on Tuesday announced that the state’s Film Awards ceremony, scheduled to be held on August 3, has been postponed, The ceremony was to be held at Nishagandhi open auditorium. The Cultural Affairs Minister of the state V N Vasavan has announced that the new date would be announced later.

 

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Kerala rains live updates: Three people have died due to heavy rains in Kerala, orange alert issued. Follow this space for more updates.

22:30 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Pilgrims arriving for Niraputhari festival cannot bathe in Pampa due to heavy rains

In view of heavy rains in Kerala and the orange alert declared in the district on August 2 and 3, pilgrims reaching Sabarimala for the Niraputhari festival would not be allowed to bathe in the Pampa river this time.

The direction has been issued by the District Collector of Pathanamthitta, Dr Divya S Iyer, who also advised the pilgrims to be extremely careful while travelling to the hilltop shrine during the prevailing adverse weather conditions, a State government release said.

The decision was taken in a meeting held by the Collector to review the arrangements for the Niraputhari festival, which marks the beginning of the harvest season, in view of the Orange alert in the district and State Disaster Management Authority's (SDMA) restriction on travel to hilly regions at night, the release said. (PTI)

21:00 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Rough sea, high tide predicted in state

As heavy rains continue to batter Kerala, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has warned rough sea and high tide upto 3.3 metre on Kerala coast. 

20:33 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Revenue Minister visits relief camps

Kerala Revenue Minister K Rajan today visited two relief camps in the Thrissur district. He said officials have been instructed to make sure all the facilities are provided in camps. As many as 757 people have been shifted to 47 temporary relief camps across states as of today.

19:16 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Holiday declared for educational institutions in 11 districts tomorrow

Due to the heavy rainfall alert in the state, the administrations of 11 districts- Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad-have declared a holiday for all the educational institutions tomorrow.

18:30 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Explained: Why is heavy rainfall battering Kerala?

After experiencing poor rainfall in June and July, almost three-fourth of Kerala is experiencing heavy showers this month, with several areas on the brink of flooding.

With the state government declaring closure of all schools Tuesday, there is a fear among locals of a 2018 redux when the state had witnessed its worst deluge in almost a century. 

Why is Kerala witnessing heavy rains? Anjali Marar explains

 A boatman ferries passengers ashore during monsoon rains, in Kochi (PTI Photo)
17:47 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Isolated rain expected over all districts during next three hours: IMD

Isolated rainfall is expected during the next three hours over all districts, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. 

16:13 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Two dead in landslide in Kannur district

Two people died and one went missing in a landslide at Kanichar Panchayat in Kannur ditrict. 


Photo: PRD Kerala
15:37 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Kerala rains: Check weather forecast for next five days

As incessant rains continue to lash Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued Red alert in 10 districts for Tuesday and Wednesday. The alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Kannur. For more details, check weather forecast for the next five days.

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13:04 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Heavy Rains: Kerala State Film Award distribution postponed

The Kerala government on Tuesday said the state Film Awards ceremony, scheduled to be held here on August 3, has been postponed in the wake of heavy rains lashing the state and the sounding of Red Alert warning issued in the district.

The award ceremony was scheduled to be held at the Nishagandhi open auditorium in the capital city. Cultural Affairs Minister V N Vasavan said the new date would be announced later.

Various districts of the southern state have been witnessing incessant rains for the last two days and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued red alert in 10 districts for Tuesday. (PTI)

13:03 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Four fishermen fall into sea as their boat is lashed by high waves

Four fishermen fell into the sea as their boat was lashed by high waves at Neendakara in Kollam district of Kerala.

The fishermen were rescued by crew of another boat which was in the vicinity.

Even though there was an IMD advisory against going out into the rough sea, many fishing boats had ventured out after the 52-day-long monsoon trawl ban which ended on Sunday night. 

12:40 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Elephant stranded for hours in Chalakudy river

A wild elephant was found stranded in the middle of Chalakudy river for several hours in this district on Tuesday after heavy rainfall in the area during the night raised its water level by nearly 5 metres.

After several hours of valiant attempts, the elephant managed to get close to the safety of the forest on the other side.

Forest officials monitoring the situation told media that the tusker will now be able to move into the forest safely as the water currents close to the forest were comparatively slower. The tusker was stranded in the middle of the river on a small piece of land for several hours, as the river raged around the animal which has stymied rescue attempts by fire force and forest officials who are gathered at the spot close to the Athirappilly water falls. Subsequently, during its attempts to cross the river, the tusker got swept several meters downstream and managed to hang on to a broken tree in the middle of the river. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)02 Aug 2022
WATCH | Elephant stuck in Pillaipara, Athirapally amidst heavy rainfall in Kerala

Elephant stuck in Pillaipara, Athirapally amidst heavy rainfall in Kerala

10:32 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Heavy rains continue to lash Kerala, Red alert in 10 districts

As incessant rains continue to lash Kerala with reports of landslides and rising river water levels in some parts of the state, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued Red alert in 10 districts of the southern state for Tuesday. IMD also issued a Red alert in the same 10 districts for August 3 also.

The Red alert is issued in all the districts of Kerala barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, where Orange alerts have been issued for August 2 and 3, according to an IMD district rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 10 AM on Tuesday.

The department also warned of widespread and isolated heavy and very heavy rainfall in the state till August 5. (PTI)

09:31 (IST)02 Aug 2022
Around 160 kms of streams revived in Ernakulam district

Nearly 160 kms of streams, which had gone dry under the weight of pollutants and environmental decay in Kerala's Ernakulam district, are now throbbing back to life, thanks to efforts by the administration.

Officials said the streams, which were almost filled with the silt brought by floodwater and garbage thrown into it over the years, were revived as part of an ambitious mission launched by the administration in the year 2019. A total of 1,100 kms of streams, brooks and creeks have been revived so far through the campaign titled 'ini njan ozhukatte', roughly translated into 'let me flow', they said.

"This year alone, we have revived 159.4 kms of streams in 76 local self government bodies of the district. The waste and slush which got deposited in the streams were removed to ensure free and natural flow of water," the Ernakulam district administration said in a release. (PTI)

08:09 (IST)02 Aug 2022
As heavy rains lash Kerala, red alert in many districts sounded, 6 dead

Heavy rains lashing Kerala have claimed six lives till date and red alerts have been issued in several districts of the State for the coming days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday. Giving details of the steps taken by the State administration to prevent any loss of life, Vijayan told reporters here that learning from the past experiences, especially the floods in 2018, precautionary measures have been taken. Five houses have been completely destroyed and 55 partially damaged in the rains.

He further said six people died and one person is reported missing.

IMD issued red alerts for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts for the day and August 2, he said and added that red alert has been issued in 11 districts for August 3 and in 9 of them for August 4. (PTI)

20:38 (IST)01 Aug 2022
In photos: Heavy rains cause waterlogging, halts transport system
 Commuters wade through a waterlogged road during monsoon rains, in Kochi, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Incessant rains have cause waterlogging on MG Road, Kochi. (Express photo by Nitin RK)
A boatman ferries passengers ashore during monsoon rains, in Kochi, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. (PTI Photo)
18:16 (IST)01 Aug 2022
Urgent need felt to study effect of climate change, share workable solutions: CM

There is an urgent need to consider how impact and risks of climate change can be reduced for sustainable development, especially in developing nations like India which are vulnerable to climate change, and for that it is crucial to share what worked and what did not, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(File)

Vijayan said challenges created by climate change are complex and wide-ranging and the processes for dealing with them efficiently are still evolving. "Therefore, it is essential for us to accept that none of us has all the right answers at this point of time and it is crucial for all of us to ask and share what is important, what worked and what did not," he was quoted as saying in a release.

"Only then can we create robust solutions for the sectors that are sensitive to the climate while also being important for the wellbeing, safety and security of our society. For this, engagement and communication are essential; not only to share information, data, good practices and showcase successes, but also to understand priorities and shortcomings, and to explore what lessons can be learnt from them," the release quoted him as saying at the opening ceremony of the First Kerala State Climate Change Stakeholder Consultation Workshop in the State capital. (PTI)

17:51 (IST)01 Aug 2022
Southwest Monsoon from 2nd half of August likely to be normal: IMD

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said, that rainfall over the country as a whole during the second half (August to September period) of the southwest monsoon season, 2022 is most likely to be normal.

16:12 (IST)01 Aug 2022
Kerala CM holds emergency meeting

In view of the incessant rains in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called a meeting of the District Collectors to assess damage and coordinate relief work, a release issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.

The CM has asked people to be very careful, not go into rivers, water bodies, streams etc. to bathe, wash clothes or bathe animals, avoid night travel as much as possible and be ready to strictly follow the warnings given by the Disaster Management Authority, the release said.

The police, fire brigade and other government agencies have been instructed to be alert, fishermen have been advised not to go into the sea under any circumstances and people living in areas prone to landslides have been asked to evacuate and move to relief camps, it said. (PTI)

16:06 (IST)01 Aug 2022
Strong winds accompanying along with rains a matter of concern: State Minister

State Revenue Minister K Rajan on Monday said that besides the heavy rains, the strong winds accompanying it are also a matter of concern.

Speaking to reporters at Thrissur, the minister said strong winds are expected to hit the state, especially the coastal areas of Kollam, Kayamkulam and parts of Kochi, in the coming days and as a result even Vizhinjam port is expected to be affected. He has advised fishermen to be careful in the prevailing situation. (PTI)

Fewer rain-deficient states, large-scale variations marked monsoon this year in country

With two months of the Southwest monsoon nearing completion, the rainfall over the country as a whole has been fairly good. The number of rain deficient states fell from 18 in June to 7 on July 29. As on Friday, the all-India rainfall was 9 per cent above normal (since June 1).

However, what stood out about the monsoon this year is that the displayed large-scale variations, causing floods in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and extreme aridity over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

The Southwest monsoon remained active through the first fortnight of July, wiping off all major deficiencies from over the peninsular region (except Kerala) and central India. These two regions have consistently remained rainfall-surplus all through July, states data available with the India Meteorological Department (IMD). As the rainfall activity improved, peninsular India recorded three weeks of rainfall between July 13 and 28, with the quantum measured at 34 per cent, 34 per cent and 30 per cent above normal. Likewise, central India, too, saw robust rainfall for three consecutive weeks at 25 per cent, 30 per cent and 25 per cent during the same period.

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First published on: 01-08-2022 at 09:23 IST
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