Heavy rains lash Kerala, Mumbai; 5 missing in Karnataka's Kodagu landslide
Northern and Central Kerala continue to witness heavy rains as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in Idukki and Wayanad warning of extreme heavy rainfall and an orange alert in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall. The IMD also sounded a red alert in Malappuram on Friday warning of over 20 cm rain in 24 hours.
Rains will continue due to the influence of low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal will continue with heavy rains forecast till Sunday.
Kerala state disaster management authority (KSDMA) said the formation of another low pressure area by Sunday will further strengthen the rain in Kerala. The hilly areas in Kerala have been experiencing heavy rain since Wednesday. Mananthavady in Wayanad recorded the highest rainfall of 18.6 cm in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Thursday followed by Nilambur in Malappuram with 9.56 cm and Munnar in Iduki 7.62 cm.
Meanwhile, a day after heavy showers pounded Mumbai and neighbouring areas, the rain intensity reduced on Thursday morning and water receded in some flooded areas, leading to a gradual resumption of rain and road transport services, officials said. However, some areas in south Mumbai, which witnessed a record rain on Wednesday, were still water-logged. IMD has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in the city and suburbs and intense showers in some parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in the next 24 hours.
Five persons were reported missing in collapse of some houses after a landslide in the Bramhagiri hills near Talakaveri in Karnataka's Kodagu district following heavy rains and gusty winds on Thursday. Talakaveri temple on the foothills was also inundated with rain water overflowing from Bhagamandala, which is the source of river Cauvery in the rich bio-diverse Western Ghats.
Very heavy and widespread rains were reported in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada districts in the coast region and Chikkamagluru, Shivamogga, Hassan and Haveri in the state's Malnad region as the southwest monsoon advanced and remained active.