Heavy Rains Lash Kerala; ‘Orange Alert’ For 6 Districts

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  • Incessant rains lashed several parts of Kerala.
  • A 'yellow alert' warning was sounded for Ernakulam, Thrissur.
  • Thunderstorm with lightning is also very likely to occur till Nov 16th.

Thiruvananthapuram: Continuous rains have pounded Kerala since the night of November 12th, creating waterlogging in low-lying areas and minor landslips in the highlands, as weather forecasters issued an ‘orange alert’ for six districts, forecasting very heavy rainfall on Saturday. In the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Idukki, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected.

A ‘yellow alert’ has been issued for the districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, and Kasaragod, warning of severe rainfall. According to an IMD release, thunderstorms with lightning are expected to occur in one or two sites in Kerala through November 16th. Thiruvananthapuram district has seen widespread devastation as a result of continuous heavy rains since the previous night, prompting district officials to issue a warning to residents. Heavy rains washed down a section of a bridge on the national highway at Neyyattinkara, a nearby neighbourhood, and muck landed on the Thiruvananthapuram-Nagarcovil rail track.

Rainwater swamped the stores in the coastal village of Vizhinjam after a canal overflow. Vithura, Ponmudi, Nedumangadu, Palode, and other high mountains in the district have been soaked. According to district officials, the shutters on the Aruvikkara and Peppara dams were raised this morning. An Orange signal signifies very severe rains of 6 cm to 20 cm, while a Red alert means heavy to extremely heavy rains of more than 20 cm in 24 hours. A yellow rain warning indicates that 6 to 11 cm of rain is forecast.

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