Kerala rains: IMD issues orange alert in 11 districts


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Rain-battered North Kerala is slowly coming back to normalcy.

The death toll increased to 91 on Tuesday morning and 39 people were still missing.

As per the report, over 2.52 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,332 relief camps across the state.

Though no 'red alert' has been issued for any of the 14 districts, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday under the influence of low pressure over the Bay of Bengal in southern Kerala.

“Thunderstorm accompanied by rain and gusty winds with speeds reaching 30-40 KMPH likely in Ernakulam, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram districts”, IMD forecast said.

The department has issued orange alerts in eleven districts – Idukki, Alappuzha, Kannur, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kollam and Pathanamthitta.

Meanwhile, Yellow alert has been issued in Kozhikode and Kasargode districts.

District collectors of Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kannur, Wayanad, Malappuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode declared holiday for all educational institutions, including professional colleges and Anganwadis on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has left in an Air Force flight on Tuesday morning to visit the worst affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad.

As per the report, the Chief Minister would also be visiting relief centres in Malappuram and hold discussions with people's representatives and officials.

He will also participate in a meeting with people’s representatives at Kalpetta civil station.

Revenue minister E Chandrasekharan, chief secretary Tom Jose and DGP Loknath Behera are accompanying him.

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