Monsoon, Weather Updates Today: As heavy rains lashed several parts of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an orange alert in four districts of the state for the day. The IMD at 4 pm issued orange alert for the day in the northern Kerala districts of Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. It also issued a yellow alert for all the remaining districts except for Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in a 24 hour period, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to alert all concerned departments to take safety measures amidst heavy rains in the state. Telangana and Maharashtra have been on red alert since Saturday. Rao also said he would review the situation closely and hold a video conference with officials on Sunday. He also urged people to not take risks or step outside during heavy downpours unless there was an emergency.
At least 17 people have died and 44 are injured in the flash flood triggered by a cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Over three dozen pilgrims are still untraceable, officials said on Sunday. The victims were camping near the Amarnath cave shrine, when the cloudburst occurred around 6 pm Friday. The flash flood washed away a part of the camp.