Thiruvananthapuram: The weather department has predicted that the southwestern console is likely to deposit over Kerala in the next 24 hours. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has issued red and orange warnings in various parts of the state from June 9-11.
Last year, the state saw one of its worst floods in August, where more than 350 people lost their lives.
A red alert, which means “very heavy” to “extremely heavy” precipitation, has been issued in the Thrissur district on June 10 and in Ernakulam, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts on June 11.
An orange alert, meaning “heavy” to “very heavy” rainfall, has been issued in the state town of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur on June 9-10.
Picking up floods and cyclone Ockhi lessons last year, the State Disaster Management Authority has released a monsoon emergency and disaster relief manual. The document contains instructions for 30 departments on what needs to be done as part of the monsoon preparedness and disaster response. The event sponsorship system, which was previously only at the district level, has now been raised to the level of talks.
A major criticism during last year’s floods was related to dust management – at one point the shadows of 30 ponds were opened in the state in August.
According to officials at the irrigation department, 14 of the 16 dams in the state have formed an emergency action plan (EAP) and sent it to the Central Water Commission. With CWC’s proposal 4 completed, the rest will take place in the next few days.
KSEB officials said they had submitted the action plan for all 24 deaths for which CWC has provided inundation maps. Of these, 17 have been approved.
Dr KG Thara, former head of the Disaster Management Center, said: “It is good that the EAP and the regulatory curve have been formed, but preparedness at Community level is what is missing. People do not really know what can be done at the time of the disaster.”