Landslide in Idukki, flood-like situation in Wayanad, red alert in Malappuram

Landslide in Idukki, flood-like situation in Wayanad, red alert in Malappuram

Extremely heavy rainfall has led to flood-like situation in parts of Kerala. The IMD had issued heavy rainfall warning for Wayanad on Thursday and following the rains, a flood-like situation has developed in Wayanad.

As the heavy spells continued for the third day in Kerala, the India Meteorological Department sounded a red alert for the hilly districts Wayanad and Idukki for Thursday and Malappuram district on Friday.

An orange alert has been issued for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod for Friday. Orange alert means isolated heavy to very heavy rainfalls.

Over 2,000 people have been moved to shelter homes and relief camps as heavy rains and strong winds battered Kerala over the past few days.

After the deaths of five more people on Thursday, the total toll in the June 1 rains has gone up to 36 while at least 2,334 people have moved to relief camps across Kerala.

Nilambur in Malappuram was briefly flooded after the Chaliyar river overflowed and people in waterlogged areas were asked to shift to their relative's homes. Torrential rains, which lashed the eastern parts of Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram districts since Tuesday evening, has inundated several low-lying areas in many parts of the three districts.

The carcass of a wild elephant from Neriamangalam village in Ernakulam was washed away in the Periyar river in the heavy rains.

In Thrissur, trees were uprooted in various places due to strong winds and heavy rains lashing the district. In Chalakudy-Irinjalakuda region, trees and electric posts were uprooted with vast areas of rubber trees and banana farm being destroyed.

Trees fell on some shops and homes, damaging them.

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said besides five deaths, six people were injured, 12 houses were fully destroyed and 735 houses were partially damaged.

With five more fatalities that was reported on Thursday, the toll since the onset of the four-month-long south-west monsoon season, which began on June 1, has gone up to 36 in Kerala.