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Kerala rains: Death toll rises to six, red alert in four districts

Kerala Rains, Weather Forecast Today Live News Updates: The decision to bring in personnel of the NDRF into districts heavily affected by landslides and floods was taken at the emergency meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today.

Kerala rains: Traffic on the Kottayam-Kumily route was suspended Thursday due to landslides.

At least six people have died so far as Kerala is once again in the grip of extremely heavy monsoon showers with the northern districts affected by landslides and roads being washed away. Closure of educational institutions has been ordered in nine districts as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for an emergency meeting to take stock of measures. All tourism activities have been suspended in Idukki till August 15.

As per the latest disaster management figures, 122 relief camps have been set up across Kerala, the most in Wayanad (71). A total of 8,110 people are currently housed at relief camps.

Water levels in some of the state’s major rivers like the Manimala, Meenachil, Muvattupuzha, Pamba are rapidly rising. Traffic on the Kottayam-Kumily route has been suspended due to the felling of trees and landslides. The popular hill station of Munnar has been isolated after landslides on the road leading to it. The fragile tourist town received 194.8 mm rain in just 24 hours. Follow Weather LIVE updates

The water level in the Periyar, Kerala’s longest river, is gradually rising. Three-fourths of the popular Aluva Shiva temple, located on the banks of the river, is submerged. The stream connecting Angamaly with Manjaly is flooding into nearby paddy fields. Low-lying areas in Nedumbassery panchayat, where the Kochi airport is located, and Parakkadavu panchayat have been flooded.

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The irrigation department has sounded the warning that areas on the banks of the Periyar in panchayats like Kadungallur, Chendamangalam, Chittattukara, Vadakkekara, Paravur municipality, Kunnukara, Chengamanad, Varapuzha, Kuttampuzha and Aluva municipality are at the risk of flooding as the river gradually swells. Read this story in Malayalam

In Kannur district, nine relief camps have been ordered in different parts, regional daily Malayala Manorama reported. Flooding has been reported in Iritty, Kottiyur, Mayyil and Sreekandapuram areas. Meanwhile, six shutters of the Malankara dam have been opened after heavy rain in the catchment areas. In Wayanad, one of the most-affected districts, eight relief camps were opened this morning. Landslides have been reported in Makkiyadu and Thonichal areas. Around 500 people have been admitted to relief camps with hundreds more on the way as rain is predicted to get stronger. The town of Nilambur has also been flooded.

Kerala rains: Parassinikadavu Temple in Kannur inundated by water.

The decision to bring in personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) into districts heavily affected by landslides and floods was taken at the emergency meeting convened by the Chief Minister.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) station in Thiruvananthapuram has issued code red rain alerts in Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts for Thursday and the same for Idukki and Wayanad districts for Friday. Code red indicates the state disaster management authority must take action to relocate families in risk-prone areas and assume measures to prevent casualties. Thunderstorms accompanied with rain have been predicted across the central and northern districts of the state. Additionally, fishermen have been advised not to venture to sea off the coasts of Kerala, Lakshwadeep and Tamil Nadu.

In Idukki district, movement of heavy load trucks, tourist buses and vans has been banned between 6 pm and 6 am from August 8 to August 11. Off-road driving, adventure tourism and boating has been banned till August 15th. Red alert has been issued in the district for today (August 8) and orange alerts on Aug 9, 10.

Kerala rains: Swollen Parassini River in Kerala’s Kannur district.

Rainfall deficiency in the state, that stood at 48% last month, has come down to 23%, as per data of the IMD between June 1 and August 7. Only eight districts report deficient rainfall now as compared to 13 of the 14 districts in July.

The water level in the Periyar, Kerala’s longest river, is gradually rising. Three-fourths of the popular Aluva Shiva temple, located on the banks of the river, is submerged. The stream connecting Angamaly with Manjaly is flooding into nearby paddy fields. Low-lying areas in Nedumbassery panchayat, where the Kochi airport is located, and Parakkadavu panchayat have been flooded.

The irrigation department has sounded the warning that areas on the banks of the Periyar in panchayats like Kadungallur, Chendamangalam, Chittattukara, Vadakkekara, Paravur municipality, Kunnukara, Chengamanad, Varapuzha, Kuttampuzha and Aluva municipality are at the risk of flooding as the river gradually swells.