Red alert issues for flood devastation in Kerala, Wayanad, and Idukki

Aug 06 2020 06:02 PM
Red alert issues for flood devastation in Kerala, Wayanad, and Idukki

Thiruvananthapuram: The northern part of Kerala received heavy rainfall on Thursday. In view of heavy rains, a 'Red Alert' has been issued for Wayanad and Idukki districts. The city of Nilambur has been flooded due to the Cheliar river being in spate. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its bulletin that a 'red alert' has been issued for Malappuram district in view of rain on August 7.

An orange alert has been issued till August 9 in 9 districts including Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. The Malappuram district administration has opened nine camps in the district, while seven camps have been started in Nilambur only. The District Disaster Management Authority told the media, "We have opened seven camps in Nilambur and nine in Malappuram. A total of 410 people are present in those seven camps. At least 425 people are present in different camps in Malappuram."

Meanwhile, Wayanad district administration has opened 12 camps, which have about 560 people. District Collector of Wayanad Dr. Adila Abdullah while talking to the media said, "People from prohibited areas have been kept separate." Wayanad's Mantavyadin has recorded 15 cm of rain in the last 24 hours, followed by 12 cm in Inderi's Mannar and 11 cm in Miladapoorna. Heavy rains and strong winds have caused heavy damage from Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts. A total of 31 people have died due to floods, landslides, and tree felling in Kerala during the monsoon that began in June.

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