The district collectors have declared Monday (16 July) as a holiday for educational institutions in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur
Heavy rains continued to affect normal life in Kerala. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now said that the rainfall is likely to continue till 19 July.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a warning of possible landslides. It has advised the public not to travel to hilly ranges.
The Met department has also warned about strong winds along with thunderstorm along Kerala coast. Sea conditions are likely to be rough along and off the Kerala coast, over Lakshadweep and Southwest, central and North Arabian Sea.
The authorities have said that rains would result in flooding and landslides. Hence, due to flooding, the public should avoid travelling through hilly areas at night. The public should be careful and should not get into the beaches, they advised. Already water levels have increased in rivers and streams.
The district collectors have announced a holiday on 16 July for educational institutions in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Thrissur. Traffic was severely affected due to the uprooting of trees.
Rail traffic has come to a partial standstill in many places as the automatic signal system was damaged in floods and the rail tracks submerged in water. The train schedules have changed drastically and many trains are running late, by up to four hours.
The tourism sector in Munnar has been affected badly due to mudslide and flash flooding. Many places in the western parts of Kochi are under water. A relief camp has been opened in Paneppilli. The water level in the Mullaperiyar dam has risen to 129.02 feet.
Incessant rain is lashing most parts of Kerala from last week. Two people died in rain-related incidents.
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Last Updated 16, Jul 2018, 2:32 PM