A red warning has been issued for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, and Thrissur districts as a low-pressure area has formed over the Arabian Sea.

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news Weather Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 14:11
Written by  PTI

Heavy rains lashed Kerala — especially the south and central regions — on Saturday, October 16, causing water-logging in several areas and leaving many rivers in spate, as the weather department sounded red warnings predicting extremely heavy rainfall in five districts of the state. According to the latest update of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), a red warning has been issued for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, and Thrissur districts. An orange warning, predicting very heavy rainfall, was issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.

Heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightning strikes and squall have been forecast for the other districts.

On October 14, IMD Thiruvananthapuram said that rains had been expected till October 16 due to a low-pressure area over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea off Lakshadweep.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the India Meteorological Department has warned of widespread heavy rains in the state due to the low-pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea.

Appealing to the people of the state to keep extra vigil in the next 24 hour, he said in a Facebook post that the rains already hit the south and central districts and it would intensify in the northern districts also by the evening as per the weather forecast.

The water level in some rivers is expected to rise and certain dams are likely to overflow, he said, adding that those living in its catchment areas should be ready to follow the instructions of authorities.

Two children had a miraculous escape after a portion of the wall of their house collapsed in incessant rains on Friday night at Chempakamangalam in the capital district where rains have been battering the city and rural areas alike since last night. The wall collapsed on the bed, where the children were asleep, but they escaped with minor injuries, family sources said.

District Collector Navjot Khosa advised people to avoid visiting tourist places and going near rivers and other water bodies in view of heavy rains in Thiruvananthapuram.

Four shutters of the Neyyar Dam were raised by a total of 240 cm in view of the rising water level, the authorities said, adding that the shutters of Aruvikkara Dam would also be raised to 350 cm from the present 310 cm.

Destruction of roads was reported in many places including in Kollam and Kottayam districts while severe waterlogging made life miserable in Kuttanad region, popularly known as the 'rice bowl' of the state spread in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

Intermittent downpour lashed high range areas in Kottayam and Idukki districts. The Thrissur district administration urged people living in low-lying and other disaster prone areas and on the banks of rivers to move to safer places as per the instructions received from the authorities.

Fishing boats are prohibited from venturing into the sea, they added.

Revenue Minister K Rajan called an online meeting of district collectors this afternoon to coordinate with the disaster management programmes and take stock of the damage caused by the rains across the state. Health Minister Veena George also convened a virtual meeting of MLAs at the collectorate in Pathanamthitta, the district which had witnessed widespread destruction during the massive floods in 2018.

The water level is rising steadily in many rivers, including Meenachal and Manimala.

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