Kerala: Raining incessantly in Kerala for the last few days, due to which thousands of people have been shifted to safer places. The life of the people living in many districts of the state has been disturbed. The Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for eight districts of Kerala. Heavy rains are going to happen once again in the state. It is being said that the water level of Chalakudy river will rise by evening. Due to this, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has advised people that people living near the river and hilly areas should move to a safer place. Along with this, night travel has been banned in mountainous areas.
Red alert issued in 8 districts and Yellow alert in Thiruvananthapuram
The IMD has declared a red alert in eight districts including Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur in the state on Thursday. Whereas except Thiruvananthapuram, an orange alert has been issued in the remaining districts. A yellow alert has been issued in the capital Thiruvananthapuram.
In the last few days, 18 people lost their lives due to landslides and flash floods in Kerala. Simultaneously, several hundred people were shifted to relief camps at safer places. A holiday was declared for schools and educational institutions in various districts of the state a day ago in view of the rains, but in Ernakulam the announcement was made only after 8 AM on Thursday, leading to many students turning up in schools and then having to be sent back home. It led to widespread criticism of the Ernakulam District Collector on social media.
The state government has so far set up at least 47 relief camps amid heavy rains, where more than 757 people have been shifted. Chief Minister Vijayan had said that the protocols of Kovid-19 should be followed in these camps. Also, there should be special facilities for pregnant women.
Let us tell you that the Meteorological Department issues a red alert when there is more than 20 cm of rain in 24 hours. At the same time, Orange Alert means between 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. Apart from this, Yellow Alert means 6 cm to 11 cm of rain.