The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday i.e., 12th November, has issued an orange alert for as many as six district of Kerala state indicating the likelihood of heavy rainfall in the regions.
Notably, an orange was raised earlier on Thursday as well for five districts of the state. The six districts on orange alert are Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Idukki and Kottayam. District collector of Idukki has stated that in case the rain continues like this, there will be a need to open shutters of the Cheruthoni Dam this weekend.
The Collector also warned the residents living downstream the Dam of Idukki and along the banks of river Periyar to stay cautious.
According to the information published on the official website of the IMD, Kerala had been receiving as much as 86 per cent excess rainfall during the days between October 1st and October 12th.
During the mentioned period, the expected rainfall was392.9 mm, but in actuality the state received 732.4 mm.
IMD has warned of “heavy to very heavy rainfall” at various isolated places throughout Kerala. It will most probably be accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning. As per the IMD bulletin, heavy rainfall will continue to pound over Kerala till 16th of November.
The October rainfalls had even led to a few incidents of landslides in the state. Forty-two casualties were reported related to mishaps caused by the rain. However, there was a brief pause in the monsoon activity, there is an alert again now.
The fishermen have been especially advised to not go out in the sea for a while at least until the situation is deemed safe by the authorities.