The Central Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains in the state for the next three days. A new low will form in the Bay of Bengal today. Rains will be heavy in North Kerala today. The red alert was declared in Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur, and Kasaragod districts today and orange alert in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. The monsoon will intensify in the Arabian Sea under the influence of Hurricane Nyol. Heavy rain is likely today and tomorrow.
Each team of the National Disaster Response Force was deployed in districts with red and orange alerts. Water levels are also rising in various dams. The water level in the Idukki dam has risen. It is currently at 2376.68. This is 80.57 percent of the total storage capacity of the dam. The water level in Mullaperiyar rose to 125.75 feet.
The shutters of the four dams were opened. The shutters of the Lower Periyar, Kallarkutty, Kundara and Malankara dams were opened. The six shutters of Malankaradam were opened by 10 cm each. Those on the banks of Thodupuzha and Muvattupuzha rivers are advised to be vigilant.
A low-pressure area is likely to develop over the North East Bay of Bengal and neighborhood around September 20 and under its influence, widespread rains with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are likely over Kerala during September 19-21, it said. Several parts of the state have been receiving heavy rains in the past few days. Vadakara in Kozhikode received 10 cm rain, while Hosdurg (Kasaragod) recorded 9 cm and Taliparambu in Kannur and Kudulu in Kasaragod received 7 cm each as per the weather report this morning. An orange alert (a warning indicating heavy to very heavy rain) has been issued for eight districts on Saturday and six on Sunday.