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22 May 2020 | 11:17 AM UTC

India: Heavy rainfall from Cyclone Amphan causes flooding in Kerala state May 22 /update 7

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Heavy rainfall across Kerala state from Cyclone Amphan causes widespread flooding May 22; further adverse weather possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/22/2020, 2:00 AM until 5/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Kerala

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Event

As of Friday, May 22, heavy rainfall from Cyclone Amphan has caused flooding throughout multiple areas of Kerala state. Many low-lying areas in the capital of Thiruvananthapuram were inundated after days of continuing rain ahead of the region's monsoon season. Many houses and roads in areas of the city have already been submerged, with further rain forecast over the next few days. Authorities opened multiple shutters of the Aruvikkara dam as a result of the heavy inflow of water into the reservoir. Residents along the Karamana River have been warned that houses along the banks may be flooded as water levels along the banks rise while the dam's shutters remain open.

Storm-related flooding, landslides, and transportation and business disruptions, as well as disruptions to power and communications services, are expected in Kerala state in the coming days.

Advice

Individuals in Kerala state are advised to monitor local weather reports in the near term, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate power and transportation disruptions, and avoid wading or driving through floodwater; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

 

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