Rain intensifies in state; boats damaged, families shifted
Thiruvananthapuram: Soon after the depression formed in the Arabian Sea turned into Cyclone Maha, heavy rainfall began to lash Kerala. Many parts of the state witnessed rainfall on Wednesday night and is continuing even on Thursday morning.
Parasuram Express was held up after land slipped on the railway tracks near Parassala. The service resumed after the debris was removed from track.
Rough sea was seen in Paravur area at Njarakkal in Ernakulam and about 350 persons were shifted to the relief camp that was opened at Ramavilasam school in Njarakkal. About 40 families were relocated from Edavanad.
Action was taken to shift 62 families from Thanthonni islet of Mulavukadu village in Kanayannur to relief camps. About 10 boats of fishermen were destroyed in the high tides at Kamalakkadavu in Fort Kochi.
The houses behind the Chellanam village office were flooded. A portion of the Fort Vypin Walkway collapsed in the strong tides. A relief camp was opened at Edavanakkad UP School. Four families are lodged here.
An orange alert is sounded in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. Yellow alert is issued in other 10 districts. Holiday is declared for educational institutions in Kochi, Paravur, Kodungallur and Chavakkad taluks. All exams of MG University were postponed.
Though the path of Cyclone Maha does not include Kerala, all fishermen were called back from the sea and fishing is completely banned on Kerala coast. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted in various places in the state. Gusty wind is likely in coastal region. People are warned to stay away from visiting beaches.