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Kerala Weather: Heavy rainfall in Kerala, IMD issues Orange alert for three districts | India News


NEW DELHI: Heavy rains continue to lash Kerala, a total of 11 people have lost their lives in the state with parts of the state receiving over 200 mm of rain in the last 24 hours and places in major cities including Kochi and Thrissur remaining waterlogged on Friday. As the southern state reels under the impact of heavy pre-monsoon rains, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued an Orange alert for three districts.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an Orange alert for three districts including Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and Idukki districts, indicating very heavy rainfall ranging from 11 cm to 20 cm.
State Revenue Minister K Rajan said that parts of the state received over 20 cm of rain in the last 24 hours. Kunnamangalam in Kozhikode district received 226.2 mm of rain, while Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Kumarakom in Kottayam district, and Thamarassery in Kozhikode district received 215 mm, 203 mm, and 200.7 mm of rain, respectively, in the last 24 hours, he added.
Rajan said a total of 11 people have lost their lives in the state in various in recent rain-related incidents across the state, including drowning, falling into water-filled quarries, lightning strikes, and a wall collapse.
“Six of them lost their lives in various drowning incidents, two fell into water-filled quarries, two were struck by lightning and one person lost his life in a wall collapse,” he added.
“Such heavy rainfall in a short span of time will lead to various incidents and we need to arrange facilities accordingly,” Rajan said. He also assured that local authorities, Fire force, police, and Revenue department are prepared to handle any emergencies, the minister also said two teams of the NDRF were currently in the state.
Parts of Kochi city and nearby Aluva town are inundated, with major roads flooded and shops remaining closed. Local residents have blamed the Aluva Municipality for failing to clean the drainage system, resulting in severe waterlogging. Reports of uprooted trees, road damage, and minor landslides have been received from various parts of the state.
Currently, 223 people are accommodated in eight relief camps across Kozhikode, Malappuram, Ernakulam, and Thiruvananthapuram districts, in view of the heavy rains. In response to the incessant rains, a state control room has been set up in the health department directorate at Thiruvananthapuram to strengthen epidemic prevention activities.
A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rain of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert denotes very heavy rainfall of 11 cm to 20 cm, and a yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 cm and 11 cm.
(with input from agencies)

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