KOCHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Heavy rain accompanied by fierce winds and high tidal waves wreaked havoc across Kerala and claimed two lives even though Cyclone Tauktae moved northwards from its coast. In Karnataka, only the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi felt the impact of Tauktae.
All districts received very heavy rainfall which inundated many low-lying areas, submerged roads, damaged houses and uprooted trees. Power lines were snapped in several areas. According to the revenue department, 38 houses have been damaged.
The two rain-related deaths were from Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
Nine districts including Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod were on red alert. Heavy rainfall is to continue on Sunday. Meanwhile, IMD has withdrawn all red alerts and only Ernakulam, Idukki and Malappuram are on orange alert. CM Pinarayi Vijayan said 71 relief camps have been set up for 2,094 people.
In Karnataka, heavy rain and gales were followed by the rough sea eroding the shore. Many houses in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts were flooded.
Cyclonic Tauktae is likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm and reach Gujarat coast in the morning of May 18.