Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Late monsoon burst triggers torrential rain in Kerala

Late monsoon burst triggers torrential rain in Kerala

A low pressure formation in the Arabian sea off Maharashtra and Kerala and cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal off Odisha were identifed as the reason for the heavy rain in the state.

With the South Western monsoon strengthening over Kerala after a lull, the state is preparing to face any type of exigencies in the wake of landslides and swollen rivers.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.

According to MeT some places in the state may receive heavy rainfall between 7 cm and 11 cm in some places in the state till Monday morning.

Fishermen have been warned about strong winds blowing from southwesterly direction with an occasional speed of 45-55 kmph along the Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area during the next 24 hours.

According to authorities, Mannarkad in Palakkad which received an extremely heavy rainfall of 23 cm yesterday, was the highest ever rainfall experienced in the place in the last 20 years.

Incessant rains triggered landslip in the tribal hamlet of Attappady and adjacent areas in Palakkad district this morning but no one was injured, officials said.

On Sunday heavy rains in Kerala caused widespread damage, landslip, waterlogging in many parts of the state.

Parts of the northern districts of Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode reported heavy rainfall for the second consecutive day.

Landslides were reported in several parts including Attapadi in Palakkad district, Idukki and Kottayam districts, affecting rail and road traffic.

Chief Minister Pinaray Vijayan on Monday asked civil society and also local bodies to see that they do their best to mitigate the sufferings of the people on account of nature's fury.

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