Southwest monsoon intensifies in Kerala; triggers landslides, waterlogging

Some houses and vehicles were damaged in the landslip, but no casualties were reported, locals said

Sea waves crash against the shore in Thiruvananthapuram on 30 May (photo: PTI)
Sea waves crash against the shore in Thiruvananthapuram on 30 May (photo: PTI)


Two days after the southwest monsoon made an early onset over Kerala, widespread rains lashed several parts of the state triggering landslides, uprooting trees and leading to waterlogging.

Kottayam, Idukki and some parts of Ernakulam have been witnessing intense downpour since Friday night, 31 May.

Landslides and trees getting uprooted were reported in Poochapra and Kolappra areas, located in the interiors of the hill district Idukki last night.

Some houses and vehicles were damaged in the landslip, but no casualties were reported, locals said.

Traffic restrictions were put in place along Thodupuzha-Puliyanmala state highway due to the possible threat of mudslides.

As five shutters of the Malankara Dam in Idukki were raised, district authorities advised those living on the banks of Thodupuzha and Muvattupuzha rivers to exercise caution.

With various parts of the neighbouring Kottayam district receiving downpour, people living close to Meenachal and Manimala rivers were also urged to remain vigilant.

Incessant rains that battered several parts of Kottayam for hours since last evening caused waterlogging and traffic snarls.

While Vadavathoor region received 100 mm of rainfall on Friday night, the urban areas of Kottayam got 99 mm, authorities said.

Though the port city of Kochi received moderate rains, Aluva region of Ernakulam experienced intense rains since 31 May.

As per the latest update of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), a thunderstorm with light to moderate rainfall and gusty winds reaching up to a speed of 40 kmph is likely at one or two places in Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts in the morning.

Moderate rainfall is expected at one or two places in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

Light rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur districts, it said.

Southwest monsoon made an early onset over Kerala and the northeastern region on 30 May, setting the stage for the four-month rainy season crucial for India's agriculture-based economy.

According to weather scientists, cyclone Remal, which ripped through West Bengal and Bangladesh on Sunday, had pulled the monsoonal flow to the Bay of Bengal, which could be one of the reasons for early onset over the northeast.

The central district of Thrissur has been experiencing intense downpours since Saturday morning leaving people stranded at bus stops and railway stations in large numbers. Waterlogging and traffic snarls were also reported in various parts of the city.

As per the latest radar imagery, a thunderstorm accompanied with moderate to intense spell of rainfall with winds gusting upto 40 kmph is expected in Thrissur for the next 3 hours, IMD said.

Authorities have urged people to be alert as inundation on major roads and poor visibility of vehicles may lead to traffic congestion.

They also warned about flooding in many parts of low-lying areas and river banks.

Non-essential movements may be restricted and remain at safe places, they added.

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