Kerala rains updates | Four districts on red alert

IMD has warned that extremely heavy rainfall is likely over parts of Kerala till May 22. Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Idukki districts are on red alert till Tuesday

Updated - May 20, 2024 07:31 pm IST

Published - May 20, 2024 11:52 am IST

Severe waterlogging seen in Thiruvananthapuram  following heavy rain on May 19.

Severe waterlogging seen in Thiruvananthapuram following heavy rain on May 19. | Photo Credit: S. MAHINSHA

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Four districts in Kerala continue to be on red alert for extremely heavy rainfall on May 20.

As per the latest weather forecast from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the districts of Idukki, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha continue to be on red alert for extremely heavy rainfall (above 20 cm in a 24-hour period).

Also read:Low-lying areas in Thiruvananthapuram inundated

Idukki has been receiving steady rainfall since May 20 morning. Pathanamthitta and Kottayam have not reported heavy rainfall so far on the day. The Pathanamthitta district administration has banned travel to the Gavi hill station in view of the IMD warning. Alappuzha also has reported moderate rainfall so far.

Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam are on orange alert on May 20 for isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall. The remaining seven central and northern districts are on yellow alert for isolated heavy rainfall.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, citing an IMD Nowcast, said Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad, Alappuzha and Ernakulam should brace for heavy rain.

Here are the live updates...

  • May 20, 2024 17:34
    Spells of moderate rain hit Kochi

    Spells of moderate rain hit Kochi and several parts of Ernakulam district in the early hours of Monday. The morning hours saw the heaviest spells but life continued at normal levels barring brief periods of flooding of roads on the outskirts of the city. 

    Heavy rain saw flooding of roads near Vyttila and Kundannoor on the outskirts of Kochi city in the morning hours, though this did not result in traffic blockades or disruption in the movement of people during the rush hour. 

    - Kochi Bureau

  • May 20, 2024 15:35
    Hospitals on alert over possible outbreak of epidemics

    Health Minister Veena George said the Health department has issued a warning to all districts in Kerala about the possible outbreak of epidemics in the wake of continuing heavy rain.

    “Many epidemics are likely to occur due to climate change. Hospitals have been alerted. Instructions have already been given to ensure availability of medicines,” she said in a statement. - PTI

  • May 20, 2024 13:37
    Kerala government activates emergency operation centres

    With heavy rain continuing to lash several parts of the State, the Kerala government said on Monday that emergency operation centres have been opened in all district collectorates and taluk offices to tackle any urgent situation.

    Special directions have been given to alert tourists who arrive in the State for holidaying about the rain situation, Revenue Minister K Rajan said.

    He stressed the need for strict regulations in hilly areas in the wake of possible landslip threats.

    “The Disaster Management Authority has warned that there is even the possibility of mudslides on the road due to heavy rains,” he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram - PTI

  • May 20, 2024 12:35
    Rain lashing Kochi city on Monday morning
  • May 20, 2024 12:16
    Severe water-logging at Kothuval street at Chalai market in Thiruvananthapuram
  • May 20, 2024 12:03
    Fishermen have been warned against going out to sea
  • May 20, 2024 11:48
    Orange and yellow alerts in some districts

    Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam are on orange alert on May 20 for isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall. The remaining seven central and northern districts are on yellow alert for isolated heavy rainfall. 

  • May 20, 2024 11:45
    Four districts in Kerala on red alert

    Four districts in Kerala continue to be on red alert for extremely heavy rainfall on May 20, although no untoward rainfall-related incidents have been reported so far in the State. 

    As per the latest weather forecast from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the districts of Idukki, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha continue to be on red alert for extremely heavy rainfall (above 20 cm in a 24-hour period).

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