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IMD forecast issues ‘Red alert’ in 7 districts of Kerala amid heavy rainfall, CM Vijayan calls meeting

By Priyanka Verma 
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Kerala: Rain is continue in many districts of Kerala, on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in seven districts of the state for the day. To assess the situation and formulate a plan of action, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called a meeting of the District Collector.

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According to the Indian Metrological Department, IMD issued red alerts for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts. Along with this, orange alerts have been issued in Thrissur and Malappuram districts and yellow alerts in the remaining districts of the state for the day. The seven districts will continue to be on red alert on Tuesday as well. According to the IMD warning, 11 districts of Kerala will be on red alert and two will be on orange alert on Wednesday.

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In a press release issued by the Chief Minister Office, the Kerala Chief Minister has requested the people to be cautious of going into rivers, water bodies, streams, etc. The Chief Minister has asked people to be very careful, not go into rivers, water bodies, streams etc. to bathe, wash clothes or bathe animals, avoid night travel as much as possible and be ready to strictly follow the warnings given by the Disaster Management Authority, the release said. They were advised of refraining from entering into water bodies for their daily chores like bathing, clothes washing, etc.

They were also asked to stay updated with the weather updates and strictly follow the warnings issued by the Disaster Managment Authority. Besides the red alerts, the IMD also issued orange alerts in Thrissur and Malappuram districts and yellow alerts in the remaining districts of the state for the day.The IMD also issued red alert for the above 7 districts for August 2 as well as orange alert for 4 districts on that day. Red alert has been issued in 11 districts and Orange for 2 districts of the state for August 3 according to an IMD district rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 1 PM on Monday.For August 4, it has issued a red alert for 9 districts and Orange for 3 districts of the state.

Three people dies aftrr Car falls into an overflowing canal in Kerala;

Earlier in the day, three members of a family died after the car they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a nearby stream swollen with rainwater while trying to overtake a bus near Vennikulam in Pathanamthitta district of the state.Chandi Mathew, his wife and daughter drowned in the stream by the time locals could rescue them, police said. In another incident, a 60 year old man was drowned in Pampa river in Athikkayam village in Pathanamthitta district. A rescue team of firefighters began its search operation in the river.

Due to heavy rainfall 25 people were stuck in the Illikkal Ilaveezhapoonchira tourist centre of Kottayam. However, the tourists have been rescued and are shifted to a safe place in a nearby government school and adjoining homes, officials said. Officials have informed that rescue operations have begun in many areas that are heavily affected by the severe rainfall. However, situations like broken electric lines and poles in such areas pose major obstacle in the operation. Officials involved in the rescue operation said that they have tried to make arrangements to ensure passage of small vehicles from Chakkikav-Koovapally road. They also added that the rescue operation in the area is at still due to broken electric lines and poles.

In other parts of the state, political party leaders have asked volunteers to come forward for relief work. Recently, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief and MP K Sudhakaran has asked all party workers to do so. Sudhakaran has also instructed the party volunteers to form control rooms in DCC offices and work at ground level in collaboration with the workers of all other party units.

As the situation will stay serious for the next four days, Ernakulam district administration has instructed all departments to be prepared for the any kind of emergency. Water levels of rivers flowing through the district are being monitored in view of the heavy rain warnings and a meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority is also scheduled to be held during the day, the control room said.

The central Meteorological Department had on Sunday predicted heavy rains in Kerala till August 4. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

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