Rain abates after devastating spell in Kerala

Rain abates after devastating spell in Kerala

A view of the flood-affected areas, in Kochi on Sunday. PTI

With the weathermen forecasting five days without a red alert for heavy to very rainfall, a first in over a week, Kerala appears set for respite after two weeks of massive flooding-related damage.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday that rainfall activity over the state was likely to decrease gradually during the next five days.

“The intensity of rainfall over Kerala has decreased significantly and only isolated heavy rainfall is likely over Kerala during next 24 hours,” IMD said in an evening bulletin.

Between June 1 and August 19, Kerala has received 2346.6 mm rainfall against a long period average of 1649.5 mm, an excess of 42 %. During the southwest monsoon this year, the highest excess rainfall was recorded in Idukki district (92 % above normal) and Palakkad district (72 % above normal). In August (till 19th), Kerala received a staggering 164 % excess rainfall.

The Met Centre in Thiruvananthapuram said Munnar in Idukki district, with 9 cm, was the only station to record isolated heavy rainfall on Sunday.

The water level in the state’s rivers and reservoirs also indicated a break from a phase marked by open dams and rivers in spate.

According to the State Load Despatch Centre under the Kerala State Electricity Board, the combined storage level in 16 of the state’s major reservoirs was at 98 %, on Saturday.