At least one person has been killed and four injured due to heavy rains in Kerala’s Kannur district over the past ten days, according data released by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA). More than 450 persons have been displaced in the state with 13 houses fully damaged and 90 partly damaged.
Around 300 families from Chellanam, Edavanakad and Nayarambalam coastal villages of Ernakulam district were shifted to rescue camps on Wednesday. Most of the houses in these coastal areas are inundated, reports stated.
Meanwhile, sea erosion was reported from several coastal areas of Ernakulam district even as heavy rains continued in parts of Kerala due to the presence of Cyclone Maha in the Arabian Sea.
Around 15 fishing boats tied in the Fort Kochi beach were destroyed due to rough waves. Ernakulam District Collector announced holiday for schools and other educational institutions in Kochi, Paravoor, Kodungalloor and Chavakkad Taluks. He has also banned entry to beaches on Thursday.
Waterlogging has been reported from some areas of Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram districts.
"Kerala will not be affected by Cyclone Maha but since it travels through the ocean near the Kerala coast, the sea will remain rough. For this reason, some parts of the state will have heavy rains. People living in vulnerable areas and weak houses will have to relocate," Kerala DIsaster Management Authority said in a Facebook post.
According to India Meteorological Department’s 11:15am bulletin, Cyclone Maha is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over Lakshadweep over the next six hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm over eastcentral Arabian Sea during the subsequent 24 hours. Upgrading its earlier warning, IMD has also issued an orange warning in ten districts in Kerala, while the red warning continues in Lakshadweep on Thursday. An orange warning urges officials to be prepared, while a red warning is issued to authorities to take action. The ten districts in Kerala which will witness isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall are Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode.
The bulletin also issues an advisory to fishermen, stating, “Total suspension of fishing operations over Comorin-Maldives during next 12 hours & Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and along & off Kerala-Karnataka coasts during next 24 hours. The fishermen are advised not to venture over eastcentral Arabian Sea till 4th November, 2019.”
As per the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), “High waves in the range of 3.5 - 4.3 meters are forecasted during 05:30 hours on 31-10-2019 to 23:30 hours of 01-11-2019 along the coast of Kerala from Pozhiyoor to Kasargod.”
INCOIS further warns of damage to power and communication lines, major damage to Kutcha and some damage to Pucca roads, flooding of escape routes, breaking of tree branches, uprooting of trees, besides major damage to coastal crops and damage to embankments and salt pans.