Extended Southwest Monsoon: Yellow alert in three districts as incessant rains soak Kerala

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert in 3 districts: Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Ernakulam.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 02, 2023 | 2:00 PMUpdatedOct 02, 2023 | 2:00 PM

Kerala rains

With the Southwest Monsoons showing no signs of abating despite its usual last date of 30 September having come and gone, incessant heavy rains continued to batter Kerala on Monday, 2 October, affecting normal life.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert in three districts — Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, and Ernakulam.

A yellow alert predicts heavy rainfall between 6 cm and 11 cm. The IMD has predicted rains till 5 October.

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Heavy rains since 3 days

The state has been receiving widespread rains for the last three days, and numerous incidents of trees being uprooted, waterlogging, and compound walls collapsing were reported in many places.

However, no major casualties have been reported anywhere in the state so far.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said in the last 24 hours, the most affected places were in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, and Kozhikode districts.

It said on Sunday, 1 October, two camps each were opened in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. A total of 26 persons were affected in various rain-related incidents, KSDMA added.

The heavy downpour had earlier submerged hundreds of acres of paddy fields at Edathua, a tiny hamlet in the Kuttanad region in Alappuzha district.

The KSDMA has urged people living in the high ranges to maintain extra vigil in view of the incessant rains.

On 30 September, the IMD had issued a yellow alert in 13 of 14 districts of the state — Kottayam was an exception.

Related: Return of the rains in Kerala: Yellow alert sounded for 13 districts

Shutters of dams raised

On Saturday, shutters of the Aruvikkara Dam near the state capital were raised up to 160 cm in view of the rising water level, district authorities in Thiruvananthapuram said.

As the rain is expected to intensify in the coming hours, the state Disaster Management Authority urged people living in high range to maintain extra vigil and directed fishermen not to venture into the sea.

Shutters of some dams including Peppara and Neyyar Dams near the state capital were also raised on Friday, 29 September, following a rise in the water level.

(With PTI inputs)