Kerala rains : Yellow alert for Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts

Kerala rains

Kerala, Sep 24 : The office of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall in five districts of Kerala between September 25-26 and has issued a yellow alert.The State Disaster Management Authority has instructed district authorities to be on alert and directed them to take necessary precautions.

MeT department has issued a yellow alert for Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts for both September 25 and 26 and has predicted heavy rainfall between 64.4mm to 124.4mm.

“Yellow alert for Pathanamthitta, Idukki  and Wayanad districts for September 25th. In addition, yellow alert has been issued for Palakkad, Idukki, Thrissur and Wayanad districts for 26th, ” Kerala CMO said.

 Red alert warns of heavy rainfall, while yellow denotes heavy rainfall at isolated places. A green alert is for light to moderate rainfalls.

This warning comes after a month since devastating rains and floods wreaked havoc in Kerala, killing 488 people.

A joint team from the Centre and World Bank is in Kerala for a post-flood safety audit of 28 dams in the state.

The audit will take into account the operation and maintenance manual of the dams, the emergency action plans in placeand the integrated reservoir operation in place.

The 28 dams in Kerala fall under the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) that was cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday. Of the 28 dams, 12 are maintained by the Kerala Water Resources Department and the remaining by the Kerala State Electricity Board.

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