Heavy rains and landslides in Kerala.
The rainy season is still going on in Kerala. Heavy rain accompanied with thunderstorms occurred in many parts of the state on Thursday. At the same time, the Meteorological Department has issued an ‘Orange Alert’ for eight districts of the state, forecasting extremely heavy rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an ‘Orange Alert’ for eight districts – Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur – in its latest update. The India Meteorological Department has issued ‘Orange’ and ‘Yellow’ alerts in various districts of Kerala from today till October 25.
The department issued a ‘Yellow Alert’ for Thursday, forecasting heavy rainfall in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod districts. The IMD said in a statement, ‘Southwest Monsoon is active over Kerala. It rained in most parts of the state and Lakshadweep also recorded rain at some places. According to the statement, Parambikulam in Palakkad district recorded 12 cm of rain while Palluruthi in Ernakul recorded 11 cm of rain.
According to this, the wind speed can reach 40-50 kmph on the Kerala coast on Thursday, so fishermen have been advised not to go into the sea. On October 15 and 16, 42 people were killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains in south-central Kerala.
135% more rain in Kerala
Kerala is ready for heavy rains once again from October 20. Meanwhile, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows that the southern state received 135 per cent excess rainfall during the period from October 1 to 19. During heavy rains on October 16, when the IMD issued a red alert indicating heavy rain, several incidents of landslides and other rain-related accidents were reported from the south-central districts of Kerala, resulting in at least 24 deaths.
The weather rainfall data on the IMD website shows that the normal rainfall for the period 1 to 19 October was 192.7 mm while the actual rainfall was 453.5 mm. During October-December, through the north-east monsoon, the state receives an average of 491.6 mm of rainfall, which is 16.8 per cent of the annual rainfall. This year, the state has received 453.5 mm of rain during October 1-19 instead of the normal 192.7 mm. This means that the state has already received more than 90 per cent of this season’s rainfall.
Barring Thrissur and Alappuzha, all other districts have received more than 100 per cent rainfall. While Kozhikode saw the highest increase (223 per cent), Alappuzha saw the lowest increase (66 per cent) in rainfall.
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