Heavy rain for 4 more days: 1 more death reported, 1 missing
Thiruvananthapuram: The heavy rain affected normal life in various parts of the state. One death was reported from Ernakulam district. Rafi (14), son of Kabeer from Logo Junction, drowned in a pond near his house while taking bath. With this, the death toll in rain havoc touched four in two days.
A man went missing after he tried to take bath in the sea at Fort Kochi on Saturday morning. The search operation to find the fishermen who went missing after their boat capsized near Neendakara on Friday, is continuing.
The missing persons were identified as Tamil Nadu natives John Bosco, Loord Raj and Sahayaraj. Cherppungal native Manesh Sebastian who went missing in Kavalippuzha river in Kidangoor could not be found yet.
Four fishermen who ventured into the sea from Vizhinjam and got trapped in the middle of the sea on Wednesday came back by Saturday. Poovar South native Benny (33), Pulluvila natives Antony (50) and Yeshudasan (55) and Puthiyathura native Louis (53) returned on Saturday by 11 am.
Heavy rain for 4 more days
The meteorological department informed that heavy rain is likely in the state for four more days. Ten relief camps were opened in seven districts for the victims of rain havoc. A total of 835 persons belonging to 165 families are staying in these camps.
Rain will continue in northern area of the state. Red alert has been issued in some districts where extreme rain is likely to occur. It is assumed that rain may decrease by July 25.
A red alert is issued in Idukki and Kasaragod on Sunday and in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad on Monday. Till Saturday morning, 30.6 cm rain was received in Kudlu in Kasaragod, 27.7 cm in Hosdurg, 21.8 cm in Kannur and 19 cm in Vadakara.
Minister E. Chandrasekharan informed that the situation has been evaluated and the alert will continue for two more days. The minister added that people need not panic even if heavy rain continues.