Heavy rain lashes southern parts of Kerala; tribal hamlets isolated in TVM


Thiruvananthapuram: Several incidents of flash floods and landslides were reported across Kerala as the monsoon intensified. Heavy rain accompanied by flash floods hit southern districts of the state on Sunday. Rain continues to remain strong in several parts of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, heavy rain since Sunday has left MG road, Edappally and other roads in Kochi inundated. It is learned that several tribal hamlets in hilly areas of Thiruvananthapuram district have been isolated due to landslides and flash floods.

Meanwhile, a car was damaged after a landslide hit Vellarada near Neyyatinkara on Monday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. At the same time, the search operation is ongoing for a 60-year-old man who went missing in the Pamba river.

The central Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains in Kerala till August 4 with orange alert issued in various districts in the week ahead.

In view of the Orange alerts issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the coming week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said those in hilly areas should be cautious and as a precautionary measure they should be shifted to relief camps as soon as rains start.

The Chief Minister, in a Facebook post, also said an order be issued prohibiting vehicular traffic to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats from 7 PM to 7 AM, district and taluk control rooms should be on alert 24X7, police and fire brigades should be ready for action and steps should be taken to prevent potential accidents due to trees, hoardings or posts being dislodged by strong winds.


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