Thiruvananthapuram: Four people were killed in Kanyakumari district as heavy rains lashed southern parts of Kerala even as the IMD issued a cyclone warning for Lakshadweep islands. The state has been put on high alert.
Cyclone Ockhi, heading towards the islands with a speed of 75 kmph, is now centred between Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram.
Landslides have been reported in forest areas at Amboori in Thiruvananthapuram district. Rains caused traffic snarls in many areas. One person was killed after a tree fell on an auto rickshaw at Kulathupuzha in Kollam. Three people died in Kanyakumari in tree fall.
The authorities have declared a holiday for schools in Kollam district tomorrow. Schools in Thiruvananthapuram district will remain shut on Thursday afternoon.
Railways have cancelled two trains in the wake of heavy rains. The cancelled trains are Nagercoil-Kochuveli, Kochuveli-Nagercoil, Kollam-Kanyakumari MEMU and Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil passenger.
Cyclone Ockhi is heading towards the islands with a speed of 75 kmph and will cross South Kerala coast during the next 48 hours. The cyclone was formed after a deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal near southeast Sri Lanka coast intensified.
An IMD bulletin said the deep depression over Comorin area moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 38 kmph during past 06 hours and intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today.
IMD has forecast rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala during next 24 hours and isolated heavy falls during subsequent 24 hours.
Damage is expected over south Kerala districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanathitta and Thiruvananthapuram districts, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands, according to the IMD bulletin.
Sea conditions would be high along and off South Kerala coast during next 48 hours and along & off south Tamil Nadu coast during next 24 hours. Sea conditions would be very rough to high over and around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and high to very high during subsequent 48 hours.
Fishermen along and off Lakshadweep Islands are advised not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours.