Thiruvananthapuram : In the wake of torrential rain, people must stay on their vigil, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The fourth shutter of Peringalkooth dam has opened and residents along Chalakudy river must remain alert, as there is forewarning on high volumes of water emptying into Chalakudy. Residents must be vigilant, follow instructions of authorities and become willing to shift to safer places when asked to. There should be extra caution in low-lying ares of Thrissur and Ernakulam. Those that moved into shelters in floods of 2018 must shift to relief camps now as well, said CM.
The Central weather bureau today issued Red Alert for districts of Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur. It is Orange Alert for Kollam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kasaragod. Night travel has been prohibited in hillside regions.
Relief camps are being set up in all districts. Those living close to rivers and other water bodies must remain vigilant and follow instructions the authorities give. High vigil is required for residents in low-lying areas and areas prone to flooding or mudslides.
Households must seriously consider keeping emergency kit ready.
Lower Periyar(Idukki), Kallarkutti(Idukki), Ponmudi(Idukki), Irattayar(Idukki), and Kundla(Idukki) and Moozhiyar(Pathanamthitta) are currently on Red Alert. Fishing has been wholly prohibited in Kerala up to 4 August and fishermen shall under no condition, take to the seas. The advisory requires fisher folks to store their boats and other accessories at safe places. It is also requested to abstain from spreading falsified news, said CM.
Emergency number in case of any untoward happening is 1077.