Heavy rains with strong winds continue to lash many parts of Kerala causing damage to buildings and agricultural lands.
After a lull, the southwest monsoon intensified on Sunday with most of the districts receiving very heavy rainfall. While orange alert, indicating very heavy rainfall, was sounded for five districts Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki and Malappuram on Sunday Yellow alert is issued for five northern districts Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod on Monday.
The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains will continue in the state till Thursday. The IMD has also predicted strong wind with speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph. Fishing workers have been warned against venturing into the sea.
The incessant rains from Sunday morning resulted in heavy water logging and traffic block in Kochi. Many parts of the city were submerged and traders in waterlogged areas suffered loss as flood water entered shops.
As water level increased, one shutter of Kallarkutty dam was opened on Monday. Warning has been issued to residents along the Periyar and Muthirapuzhayar rivers.
According to the Weather Channel, a cyclonic circulation is likely to form over southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andhra Pradesh on Monday which will produce widespread rain and thunderstorm with isolated heavy rain over the Southern states from Monday onward. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over isolated places of interior Karnataka and Kerala on Tuesday....