Heavy rains: Holiday for educational institutions in 7 districts

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Thiruvananthapuram: As heavy rains continue to batter southern Kerala, educational institutions will remain shut on Tuesday in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Idukki.

The district collectors of the districts declared a holiday for all educational institutions on Tuesday after the India Meteorological Department sounded a red alert in these districts.

In Pathanamthitta, educational institutions including Anganwadi and professional colleges were closed on Monday afternoon after the collector issued an order. As per the order, all educational institutions must remain shut from Monday afternoon.

Though the Thiruvananthapuram district collector declared a holiday for all educational institutions in the district, there will be no change in the public exams scheduled for Tuesday.

Issuing an order declaring holiday for educational institutions on Tuesday, Idukki district collector Sheeba George informed that exams and interviews will be held as per the schedule.

The central Meteorological Department had predicted heavy rains in Kerala till August 4.

IMD sounded a red alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kollam and Idukki on Tuesday.

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours.

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