Heavy downpour across Kerala and other Indian states has significantly disrupted normal life.
Nilambur and Malappuram regions of Kerala were briefly flooded and the residents were asked to move to safer resorts. The three days of heavy rains had lead to a red alert issued by the IMD for hilly areas of Wayanad and Idukki in Kerala on Thursday whereas, one for Malappuram was given today. Videos of the carcass of a dead elephant that was washed away due to the flooding caused in Periyar river took the masses by frenzy.
The torrent in Kerala has killed 5 people, leaving 6 injured while over 12 houses were fully destroyed, The state disaster management authority (SDMA) informed. Over 2000 people have been shifted to relief camps in the city.
Mumbai too received the highest seasonal after 46 years. The Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) recorded the highest 331.8mm of rainfall within 24 hours since the 575.6mm reported 46 years ago, on July 5, 1974.
The high-velocity gusty winds convinced people that it was a cyclone, which the IMD later confirmed was not the case.
“August 5 was a windy day in Mumbai and around, with strong, gusty winds along with intense rain. There is some confusion among a few that it was a cyclone. I wish to clarify that the severe weather was not a cyclone Such strong gusty winds are a part of vigorous monsoon conditions,” informed, KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD
Meanwhile, heavy rains in Karnataka, especially areas near the coast have led to an alarming rise in the water levels. The gates of a massive dam in Uttar Kannada district were opened to discharge water and to avoid flooding the banks of the Kalinadi and Kadra rivers. Additionally, Water from other dams has been released as well.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, currently being treated for COVID-19, has released Rs 50 crore for initial flood relief work amid the coronavirus pandemic. More funds are expected to follow.