Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kerala State August 9, 2018

United States Consulate General Chennai, India
Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens:
Kerala State
August 9, 2018

Location:  Kerala State

Event:  Heavy southwest monsoon rains continue throughout the state of Kerala, triggering landslides and flash floods.  Given above-average and ongoing precipitation in the past several weeks, some low-level areas are flooded and reservoirs have reached full capacity.  Media reports the northern districts of Palakkad, Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, and Malappuram in Kerala are among the most significantly affected, and have reported weather-related deaths.  Kerala’s Idukki dam is opening its floodgates, which could impact the downstream area along the Periyar river in Kerala’s Ernakulam district.  Local media reports flights to Kochi have been suspended.

Actions to Take

  • Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for weather updates.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.


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