Kerala received a heavy downpour on Saturday. Six people have died after heavy rains caused landslides, waterlogging and other related incidents in Kerala. Four people have died in Kottayam, and two have succumbed in Idukki. Landslides have been reported in Kottayam and Idukki districts. Twelve people are reported missing in Kottayam.
At the state government's request, the Army, Navy and Air Force have stepped in to help the civil administration handle the situation. The National Disaster Response Force has decided to deploy 11 teams.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a red alert for five districts of Kerala and an orange alert for many other districts.
According to the latest update of the Indian Meteorological Department, a red alert has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta for extremely heavy rainfall (more than 20cm). Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad are on orange alert for very heavy rainfall of 12-20cm. Kannur and Kasaragod are on yellow alert as is Lakshadweep.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has convened an online meeting of all district collectors at 3.30 pm today to review the situation. He said that the situation is serious but the latest weather reports ‘give relief’. “The report shows signs that we are not going into a worse situation,” he said.
According to weather forecasts, heavy rain is on the cards over isolated places of Kerala and fairly widespread rains and thunderstorms are expected on Sunday.