Rains continue unabated in south, central Kerala; Polling progressing at slow pace
Kochi: Heavy rain continued to lash south and central Kerala since Monday morning. Downpour in the districts from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam affected the byelection in Vattiyoorkavu, Konni, Aroor and Ernakulam assembly constituencies.
Power failure was witnessed in many booths in Aroor and Konni. About 25 booths in Konni was affected by power failure. Voters hesitated to go to the booths due to nonstop rainfall.
Earlier Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena said that at present the polling need not be postponed and that repolling will be considered only if no other solution is available.
The low areas in south and central Kerala were inundated. Huge damages were reported from the eastern region of Kollam district. Two houses in Munroe Island collapsed.
Waterlogging was seen on roads in Kochi city including MG Road, south railway station, north railway station, Kaloor bus stand and Kaloor stadium. Power supply was affected as Kaloor substation was waterlogged.
As railway tracks in South railway station are under water, many trains are held up at various stations. Rail traffic on this route has been temporarily stopped. Ernakulam-Alappuzha passenger train was cancelled.