As the Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday sounded a red alert for Idukki and Malappuram districts and orange alert for several other districts, the state administration was in disaster preparedness mode on Friday. After heavy rain accompanied by overflowing dams inundated central Kerala in August, the government has taken pre-emptive steps this time.
Shutters of 14 dams have been opened to avoid floods downstream. Few other places like South interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar islands are also expected to experience heavy showers from October 4 till October 8.
Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan has asked central agencies for their support in the upcoming days. “Red alert has been declared in three districts for October 7. Disaster Management Authority has been met to assess the situation. We’ve sought support from central agencies and have asked for five companies of NDRF,” Vijayan told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday.