The flood situation in Kuttanad, spread across parts of Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts, is likely to aggravate during the course of this week since it had been raining without any letup in the eastern hills for the past seven days.
Already, all villages in this low-lying region are under floodwaters. The rivers Achenkoil, Pampa, Manimala and Meenechal, emptying into Kuttanad, are in spate.
The flood discharge from these rivers will continue into the week, since the hill districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta, lying upstream, have received an area-weighted rainfall of more than 45 cm between June 1 and 27.
Usually, four-five days of heavy rainfall in the hill districts brings in its wake a flood situation in the trough-like Kuttanad region.
Three persons drowned in the floods in Kuttanad on Thursday, according to a control room monitoring monsoon calamities in the State. One of them, Raghavan, a 53-year-old farmer, died when he was swept away by the rushing floodwaters while he, along with other farmers, was trying to strengthen a bund to save paddy cultivation in a polder.
According to the control room, more than 1,08,000 people have been shifted to 301 relief camps opened in the rain and flood affected areas. Of these, 157 camps are functioning in Alappuzha district. As many as 92,000 people are in the relief camps in Alappuzha district, mostly in the Kuttanad region.
The Thiruvananthapuram Meteorology Centre on Thursday forecast widespread rainfall in Kerala during the next two days also.
The rainfall can be ‘heavy to very heavy’ in some places.