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Met office says rainfall intensity in Kerala to reduce from August 20

An IMD official also said that Kerala received 170 % more rains than its normal from August 1 to August 17.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2018 23:55 IST
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Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala on August 18.(REUTERS)

In a much-needed respite to rain-battered Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said the rainfall intensity in the state will reduce in the next two to three days.

Kerala is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from August 20, Mritunjay Mohapatra, IMD Additional Director General said.

He said the southern state received 170 % more precipitation than its normal from August 1 to August 17.

“Day before yesterday, there was heavy rainfall in almost all districts of Kerala. Yesterday, there was heavy rainfall in 3-4 districts. Today, we were expecting heavy rainfall in isolated places, but not very heavy rainfall.

“Tomorrow, we are expecting heavy rainfall in only 1-2 districts and remaining places of the state will only witness moderate rainfall. From August 20, we are not expecting any heavy rainfall. Gradually, the rainfall intensity is decreasing,” Mohapatra said.

M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said there was a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal, but it would not have any effect on Kerala.

As many as 194 people have lost their lives and 36 are missing in Kerala since August 8 due to rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

The southern state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate. A body blow has been dealt to the scenic state, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities severely hit.

Kerala helpline numbers
  • Kasargode: +91 9446601700
  • Kannur: +91 944 6682300
  • Kozhikode: +91 944 6538900
  • Wayanad: +91 807 8409770
  • Malappuram: +91 938 3463212
  • Malappuram: +91 938 3464212
  • Thrissur: +91 944 7074424
  • Thrissur: +91 487 2363424
  • Palakkad: +91 8301803282
  • Ernakulam: +91 790 2200400
  • Ernakulam: +91 790 2200300
  • Alappuzha: +91 477 2238630
  • Alappuzha: +91 949 5003630
  • Alappuzha: +91 949 5003640
  • Idukki: +91 9061566111
  • Idukki: +91 9383463036
  • Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
  • Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
  • Pathanamthitta: +91 807 8808915
  • Kollam: +91 944 7677800
  • Thiruvananthapuram: +91 949 7711281

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 21:00 IST