Kerala rains: State on alert, educational institutions to shut on Monday
Kerala rains: State on alert, educational institutions to shut on MondayTIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Sep 17, 2017, 18:53 IST
A car passes through a road in Thiruvananthapuram as rain continues in the state (TOI Photo)
The rains have been particularly heavy in central and north Kerala. Northern Kerala, which has already witnessed heavy rains, is expected to get more spells of rains on Monday too.
Entire state has been advised to declare holidays in schools and other academic institutions.
According to the India Meteorological Department in Thiruvanthapuram, very heavy rainfall (12-20 cm in 24 hrs) is most likely to occur at one or two places in the state and heavy rainfall (7-11cm in 24 hrs) is most likely to occur at few places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till Monday morning and is most likely to continue at one or two places in Kerala till Tuesday.
Trivandrum would get two more heavy spells on Sunday night and most rivers would remain in high spate on Monday too, IMD predications suggested.
Tahasildars of Kozhikode, Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Kottayam and Alappuzha (Kuttanad) have been directed by PH Kurian IAS, additional chief secretary, Disaster Management, and the State Relief Commissioner to be in Taluk control rooms on Sunday night.
The Kozhikode and Kottayam districts collectors have declared holiday for all educational institutions, including professional colleges in Wayanad, on Monday due to heavy rain.
Normal train operations had to be stopped for almost two hours on Sunday after a mild landslip occurred near Chingavanam in Kottayam, when mud and sand got accumulated on the train track.
A warning for the fishermen has also been issued, cautioning them that strong winds from a southwesterly direction with a speed occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph is likely along the coast and over Lakshadweep area till Monday afternoon.
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