Heavy rains lash Kerala, lead to flooding in several parts

Heavy rains lash several parts of Kerala

Two days after the Indian Meteorological Department issued a warning, Kerala witnessed heavy rains on Friday, leading to flooding in several parts of the state.

The weather department had issued red alert for Idukki, Patthanamthitta and Kottayam districts.

Many residents in coastal areas have been relocated. Pamba River is overflowing as the shutters of Pambla dam in Idukki have been opened. Sabarimala pilgrims have been cautioned as the water levels in Pamba has risen.

IMD has said that Idukki, Patthanamthitta and Kottayam are likely to receive excessive rainfall of 20cm.

Auditoriums and schools have been chosen for setting up relief camps in many places in Idukki. Unlike last year, the state is equipped with food, medicines and other supplies. The Vagamon Erattupetta road was blocked off for a long time. Fishermen living on the coastal areas have been advised not to venture into the sea.

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