Heavy rain in south Kerala; 5 shutters of Aruvikkara dam opened


Rain with lightning is predicted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. Gusty wind at a speed of 40 kmph is also predicted.

Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rain continues to lash in the southern parts of Kerala. Five shutters of Aruvikkara dam were opened. People dwelling on the banks of Karamanayar river are cautioned. Heavy rain accompanied with lightning is predicted for five days. Fisherfolk is warned not to venture into the sea.

The meteorological centre informed that heavy rain is likely in the next three hours. Rain with lightning is predicted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. Gusty wind at a speed of 40 kmph is also predicted.

The low areas in Thiruvananthapuram city were waterlogged following the heavy rain. Houses in Karippur and Nedumangad areas and paddy fields in Venganoor in Kovalam also were waterlogged.

The fisheries aquarium in Neyyar dam submerged in water. Extremely heavy rain continued in the middle areas of the state from Thursday night till Friday morning.

A meeting was held under the leadership of minister V S Sunil Kumar in the collectorate on Thursday to discuss about the plans to avoid waterlogging in Kochi. The Operation Breakthrough is progressing in the city actively.

Alert sounded in hilly regions is continuing. Meanwhile, north Kerala is experiencing comparatively clear weather, but alert is not withdrawn. The fisherfolk are advised not to venture into the sea.

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