The IMD has predicted that the Western Ghat belt and eastern hills of Kerala will be receiving heavy to extremely heavy rains from today. For the first time, the state government has evacuated people from areas prone to land-sliding.
Last week, Kottayam and Idukki districts saw devastating landslides. Numerous incidents of landslides resulted in at least 27 deaths.
Reports say that the state received 135% excess rain from October 1 to 9. Except for Thrissur and Alappuzha, all other districts have received over 100% of the usual rainfall. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that people living in river basins and hilly regions have to be extremely vigilant. The IMD issued a red alert on October 16.
"During October-December, Kerala receives an average rainfall of 491.6 mm. This year, the state has received 453.5 mm rain during Oct 1-19, instead of the usual 192.7 mm. This means that the state has already received over 90% of this season's rainfall," said IMD to PTI.
"The heavy downpour which the state witnessed recently marks the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon which normally ends by September 30."
The Navy and NDRF are carrying out rescue operations and search for missing persons. The death toll climbed to 27 after more bodies were found under the debris.