Heavy rains continue to lash Kerala on Sunday, inundating low-lying areas in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Vehicles were getting damaged due to water entering them. Vehicles stuck in water-logged areas were also being towed away. Fire and rescue departments have been rescuing people from flooded homes.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) sounded a yellow alert for all districts except Kannur and Kasaragod on Sunday, an Onmanorama report reads. Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts are expected to get more rainfall on Sunday. The intensity of rain is likely to increase on Tuesday.
A yellow alert means rain between 6 and 11 cm. According to the IMD, heavy rains are expected to batter the state till October 18. This is owing to the cyclonic circulation in southern Tamil Nadu.
Water entering homes was reported both in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. Neyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram recorded 185mm of rainfall, Varkala recorded 160 mm and Ponmudi recorded 200mm rainfall in 24 hours.
Fishermen and coastal residents have been advised to exercise extreme caution as the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) predicted high tidal waves.