Kerala rains to continue: Emergency centres, hospitals on alert amid possibility of landslides, epidemics; Red alert issued for 3 districts

IMD has placed Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki districts on red alert and forecast heavy rainfall on 20 and 21 May

ByPTI

Published May 20, 2024 | 4:46 PMUpdatedMay 20, 2024 | 4:46 PM

Heavy rain to continue in Kerala

With heavy rains continuing to lash several parts of Kerala on Monday, 20 May, the Kerala government said that emergency operation centres have been opened in all district collectorates and taluk offices as there is a possibility of landslides and mudslides.

Hospitals have also been put on alert and supplies stocked to handle any eventuality, including an epidemic outbreak.

Special directions have been given to alert tourists who arrive in the state about the rain situation, state Revenue Minister K Rajan said. He stressed the need for strict regulations in hilly areas in the wake of possible landslide threats.

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

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Precautionary measures taken in the state

Safety boards would be installed in such areas to warn travellers about the threat of a possible landslide, he said. District collectors have been told to impose a night travel ban in hilly areas if necessary, Rajan explained.

“24×7 Emergency Operation Centres have been opened in all collectorates and taluk offices with the coordination of various departments to tackle all urgent situations,” the revenue minister added.

Meanwhile, intense water logging, uprooting of trees, and snapping of electric wires were reported in various places across the state on Monday due to heavy rains.

Health Minister Veena George said that the Health Department has issued a warning to all districts about the possible outbreak of epidemics in the wake of continuing heavy rains.

“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.

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Red and Orange alert for several Kerala districts

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) continued to place Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki districts on red alert, forecasting extremely heavy rainfall on 20 May and 21 May.

As per the latest IMD update, Pathanamthitta was placed on red alert on 22 May also.

The IMD sounded an orange alert in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts for 20 May, it said.

As heavy rains pose potential hazards, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has advised people to be vigilant.

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rain of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert means very heavy rain of 11 cm to 20 cm, and a yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 cm and 11 cm.

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