• Holiday declared in Malappuram, Idukki, Palakkad, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Kollam, Wayanad and Thrissur
• Holiday may be declared in more districts soon
• Neyyar, Malankara dam shutters opened
• Landslips and flash floods across the state
• Dams brimming, alerts sounded for residents along Neyyar and Pepara dams
• Rains may continue till September 21
Kottayam: Heavy rain continues to lash different parts of the state causing flash floods and landslides, pushing up the water level in dams and forcing district administrations to declare holidays surrendering to the fury of nature.
The shutters of the Neyyar and Malankara dams were opened. The waterlevel in the Mullaiperiyar dam has risen to 126 feet. In Idukki, Palakkad, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Kollam and Thrissur, all educational institutions, including professional colleges, will have a holiday on Monday, the district administrations ordered. Educational institutions in Kuttanadu taluk of Alappuzha district will also have holiday on Monday.
More district administrations are expected to declare holiday on Monday citing heavy rain.
Three shutters of the Karukutty dam have been opened. A landslide has been reported from Thekkady, and widespread agricultural losses are feared. The shutters of the Neyyar dam will be opened soon and warning has been sounded for the residents along the bank.
The shutters of the Peppara dam will be opened anytime, the Thriuvananthapuram district collector said, adding that the residents along the banks of the Karamanyar river must stay on alert.
Roads and low-lying areas in Kochi were inundated in the rain even as incessant downpour continued to batter Palakkad. Traffic has been stalled along the mountain roads leading up from Palakkad to Attapady. Landslides were reported from two locations and places like Puthur and Jellypara suffered immense agricultural damage.
Earlier on Sunday, rail traffic through Kottayam was affected when rain buried the tracks at Chingavanam in loose mud.
Police and fire force have been pressed into service and control rooms opened in Palakkad.
People traveling to the hilly areas and coastal regions have been asked to be cautious.
The weather bureau predicts extensive rains in Kerala and Lakshadweep until September 21. The current thundershowers, similar to the ‘thulavarsham’ in Kerala, could be a relief before the thunderous monsoons strike in mid-October.
Clouds have lined up heavily over the Bay of Bengal as well as the Arabian Sea. Weather experts say the monsoon will intensify across the state by next week. Some pockets in the state is expected to receive heavy rain till September 19.
On Saturday, Thaliparamba received 6cm rain while Vaithiri got 5cm. Hosdurg, Kudlu, Thalassery, Chalakudy, Ernakulam, Perumbavur, Kottayam and Vaikom received three centimeters each. In another 36 locations, it rained one to two centimeters.
Extensive damage to agriculture has been reported in many places. Palakkad, which has been receiving heavy rains witnessed landslides. An incident was reported from Anakkal in Attapadi, Palakkad district even though the extend of damage has not been fully assessed. However, reports say several houses have been damaged and cultivated areas washed off. Torrent of gushing water has also been reported from several locations.
The Idukki dam is brimming, having touched tha half-mark of its full capacity. Houses have been damaged in Thamarassery and Kuttiyadi.
In central Kerala, heavy showers are continuing in many places including Kottayam and Alappuzha. Fisherman have been alerted as the sea is rough. Strong winds are also feared.
Kochi is waterlogged in many places after overnight rain. Traffic has also been affected badly.
Pathanamthittta district received the season’s heaviest rain. The district received 155 centimeters as against the projected 157. Continuing rain is expected to compensate for the recorded shortage in the rain.
Kottayam district is just behind with six percent shortfall while Kollam needs seven, and Ernakulam nine percent to hit the target. These districts are also expected to meet the projected targets if the rain continues at the same pace.
Kerala as a whole needs 16 percent to fulfill the target. Two weeks ago it was 30 percent. Wayanad lags most with a 45 percent shortfall in spite of good rain.
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