Torrential rains hit Malabar, Idukki regions of Kerala
Munnar in Idukki, a major tourist attraction, has been submerged. The meteorological department has warned that rainfall is likely to continue for two more days.
The monsoon is once again battering flood-ravaged Kerala. The torrential rains have disrupted life in the northern Malabar region and southeastern Idukki district since Wednesday night.
Nilambur town, Malappuram: The first floor of commercial establishments and other buildings have been submerged; houses are also flooded. The waters of the Chaliyar rose again. Kanjirapuzha, a tributary of the Chaliyar River, is overflowing.
The northern districts of Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur experienced the worst rainfall. Schools have been closed here. Rescue operations are on. Residents and firefighters are working together to rescue the flood-hit.
The situation is also alarming in Idukki. Many parts of the district have been cut off. Munnar, a major tourist attraction, is submerged. The shutters of the Malankara, Kallarkutty and Lower Periyar dams have been raised. Those who live downriver from the dam have been advised to be vigilant. Traffic was disrupted on Kochi-Dhanushkodi highway. Traffic has been suspended on the Kottayam-Kumili route.
With the situation becoming critical, the chief minister called an emergency meeting to review relief and rehabilitation measure. The meteorological department has warned that rainfall is likely to continue for two more days.
[Autotranslated from Malayalam]