Kerala rain updates | October 16, 2021

Thodupuzha town the administrative capital of Idukki district has gone under water flowing incessant rains.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Alert levels have been upgraded to 'red' in five districts of Kerala with heavy rainfall continuing to lash the State, causing widespread damage. Rivers are in spate in many parts of the State, overflowing their banks and flooding low-lying regions.

Heavy rainfall has been lashing central and southern districts of the State since the early hours of Saturday. By evening, rainfall is likely to intensify in the northern districts also.

Here are the updates

6:00 | Idukki

Watch | Landslide in the Idukki Pullupara region

 

5.50 p.m. | Kochi

District witness light to moderate rain

The district was by and large spared of extreme or heavy rainfall till the evening with light to moderate rain being the norm through the day.

A bout of heavy rainfall in Kothamabgalam taluk that lasted all of 15 minutes in the morning was the only such instance to be reported at the emergency operations centre (EOC) being set up at the district collectorate.

Neither any casualty nor large scale damage to properties was reported from the district except for partial damage to two houses at Muvattupuzha and North Paravur taluks. However, the real picture about the damage, if any, is likely to emerge only by Sunday when authorities turn attention to relief measures unlike now when the focus is on rescue.

"The impact in Muvattupuzha taluk from the inflow of water due to the opening of the Malankara dam remains the primary concern. The 11-member team of the National Disaster Response Force stationed in the district has been despatched to tha taluk," said EOC sources.

Though a few houses have been inundated from an overflowing canal at Avoli in Muvattupuzha taluk, they haven't been moved to relief camps yet. They have temporarily shifted to nearby homes on their own, said taluk control room sources.

5:29 p.m. | Kottayam

Kerala Disaster Management Authority seeks naval assistance

KSDMA has sought the assistance of the Navy in airlifting marooned families at Koottickal village in Kottayam district.

Aircraft are on standby and will be launched subject to weather conditions enroute and destination, said defence spokesperson Commander Atul Pillai.

Naval divers and rescue teams are also ready for deployment at short notice, he said.

4:28 p.m. | Thiruvananthapuram

Army rushed to flood-hit Koottickal in Kottayam

The State government has rushed Army and NDRF teams to flood-ravaged Koottickal panchayat at Plapally in Kottayam district.

Local authorities fear gushing floodwaters to have swept away 16 persons after their houses collapsed.

The Army said 32 personnel led by Major Abin Paul had rushed to Kottayam from the Pangode Military Station. The force is transporting rescue equipment, including rubber dinghies fitted with outboard engines. Indian Air Force has put M-17 and Sarang helicopters on standby for rescue, a press release issued by the defence department.

IAF and Army officials are participating in a video conference chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

4:20 p.m. | Thiruvananthapuram

Red alert extended to six districts

As torrential rain continues to lash Kerala under the influence of a low pressure area over the southeast Arabian Sea, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), in a 4 p.m. weather update, extended the red alert to six districts. 

The districts of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad are on red alert on Saturday, as per the latest weather update.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad are on orange alert for isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall. Northern districts Kannur and Kasaragod are on yellow alert today for isolated heavy rainfall.

The Lakshadweep islands also are on yellow alert.

Several districts of Kerala are on yellow alert on Sunday also for isolated heavy rainfall, as per the 4 p.m. update.

3:30 p.m. | Kollam

Houses damaged as rain lashes Kollam

Around 30 houses were damaged in Kollam due to heavy rains and strong winds that lashed across the district during the last 24 hours. Though relief camps have been arranged in all taluks and opened in some, at present there are no inmates.

District Disaster Management Authority has issued an alert as the three shutters of Thenmala dam have been raised by 80 cm. The shutters will be raised further if the water level keeps going up. All the panchayats on the banks of Kallada river have been instructed by the authorities to stay cautious.

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3:12 p.m. | Erattupetta

A view of the Erattupetta town from a location near the Nadakkal-Ilappungal bridge, which was destroyed by the flood waters on Saturday.

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3:10 p.m. | Sabrimala

Sabrimala devotees asked to avoid holy dip in Pampa river

Sabarimala devotees have been asked to avoid the dip in Pampa River. Though blue alert has been issued for Idukki dam, it was more of a technical decision as the water level is still not at the level warranting it. However, water on account of landslips in forest areas as part of the catchment area may flow in only a day later though no uprooted trees or muddy waters in the rivers have been noticed yet.

3:10 p.m. | Revenue Minister K. Ranjan

No reason for Panic, says Kerala Revenue Minister

There is no need for panic notwithstanding the extremely heavy rainfall across the State, Revenue Minister K. Rajan has said here on Saturday.

Talking to reporters, he said none of the dams, including the six ones already opened, are in danger of spate. He said that the prediction of a deluge is premature at this point. It helped that rain has intensified in regions where it had petered out in the last couple of days, Mr. Rajan said.

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3:00 p.m. | Heavy rains in Alappuzha, Kuttanad

Heavy rain lashes Alappuzha, Kuttanad on the edge

Floodwaters have entered a number of houses and inundated parts of the Alappuzha- Changanassery (AC) road. Several rural roads in the taluk have been submerged

The Irrigation Department has opened 35 shutters of the Thottappally spillway to ensure the smooth flow of floodwaters from Kuttanad into the sea.

District Collector A. Alexander has chaired a meeting to review the situation. People living along the banks of rivers have been urged to exercise caution.

As of Saturday afternoon, the district administration has opened 10 relief camps in different parts of the district. Officials said that a total of 111 people of 34 families were shifted to the camps.

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KSRTC bus stuck in Poonjar

A KSRTC bus got stuck in the flood water in front of the St. Antony's church in Poonjar

 

2:54 p.m. | Police force mobilised

State Police Chief Anil Kanth has mobilised the entire force. He has asked law enforcement to brace for sudden landslides and flooding. They have to be ready to launch relief and rescue operations.

The police have mobilised earthmovers, rescue boats, civil defence and neighbourhood watch members, tower lights, rope and grappling equipment and other items at the Station House level.

The police have added more lines to 112 emergency numbers and ordered immediate response to distress calls from citizens, and have opened a special flood relief control room in all districts.

Kottayam

Water overflowing on the streets at Mundakayam, Kottayam district.

 

2:50 p.m. | Heavy rains in Tranvancore

Heavy rains wreak havoc in central Travancore

Heavy rains and strong winds that lashed the Central Travancore from Friday evening have left a trail of destruction across the region.

Meencahil river breached the banks at several locations in Poonjar , Peringalam and Adivaram regions, damaging several houses and inundating the roads.

Multiple instances of landslides were reported from different  locations, and at least 50 families from the Ilamkadu village have been relocated to a relief camp opened at the J.J. Murphy school in Enthayar. Several families in the Mundakkaya region too were also relocated

A view of the Kaduvamuzhy bus station in Erattupetta.

A view of the Kaduvamuzhy bus station in Erattupetta.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

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2:40 p.m. | Plappally landslide

Landslip at Plapally

At least twelve persons have been reported missing in a landslip reported from Plappally near Kootikkal

2:31 p.m. | Malankara dam

Water to be released from Malankara dam

Idukki district collector grants permission to raise shutters of Malankara dam up to a maximum of 1.3 metres to release water. In view of this, Ernakulam district collector has asked people on the banks of the Muvattupuzha river and it’s tributaries to stay alert. Tehsildar, village officers asked to evacuate people to safety if necessary

2:31 p.m. | CM REVIEW

Pinarayi Vijayan to review situation

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is set to review the rainfall situation at 3 p.m. today.

The CM's office has already issued a public alert, urging the public to avoid unnecessary travel. High alert should be maintained for the next 24 hours. People residing on the banks of rivers and streams and high ranges should remain alert, the CMO said. The CMO has also asked people not to enter water bodies and to avoid travel to hilly regions due to the possibility of landslips.  

Fishermen have been asked not to set out to sea till Sunday, as squally weather is expected off the Kerala coast and Lakshadweep region.

2:14 p.m. | IMD update

IMD issues red alert

The IMD has issued 'red alert' in five districts including Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur. A red alert means extremely heavy rainfall above 20 cm is expected.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad are on orange alert today for isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, while Kannur and Kasaragod are on yellow alert for isolated heavy rainfall.

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