Heavy rain pounds in kerala ; train traffic disrupted

The Met department has warned heavy to very heavy rain accompanied by strong winds in most parts of Kerala till July 19. In the hilly regions, strong winds, speed reaching 70 kmph, is also likely to hit the region.

The National Disaster Management Authority has issued a warning of a possible landslide threat.Hence, it has advised public to avoid hilly ranges.

Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in Kochi and the main city has been inundated in the heavy downpour. Several houses in Kammattipadam in Kochi are flooded. Even MG Road was flooded. KSRTC stand was submerged.

The Periyar and Meenachal rivers are overflowing. The railway tracks on Ernakulam South was submerged in waters. In Chandiroor in Alapauzha, a tree fell over a moving train. A tree fell over the last bogie of the Mangalore-Kochuvelli Antodaya Express in the morning. However, there were no casualties. Trains on the route are running late.

A landslide threat has been issued in the hilly ranges of Kottayam district. The shutters of the Nedumkandam Kallar dam might be opened any time. The local people have been alerted. Over 100 acres of agricultural land were destroyed in Kuttanad.

Incessant rain is lashing most parts of Kerala from last week. Two people died in rain related incidents. From July 15 to 18, heavy rainfall is expected to occur at one or two places in the state.

The Met department has also warned strong winds along and off the Kerala coast. Sea conditions is likely to be rough along and off the Kerala coast, over Lakshadweep and over Southwest, central and North Arabian sea. Buses to Karnataka via Wayanad district have been suspended.

State Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran has directed his department and the district authorities to take stock of the estimated loss.So far three deaths have been reported.

The District collectors have declared holiday for educational institutions at Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur. Traffic was badly affected due to uprooting of trees.

The rising water level in Pampa and Anchankovil rivers left many areas flooded. Many parts of the district recorded rainfall of more than 50mm.

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