Rains in TVM, Sabarimala recede
Thiruvananthapuram: The southern part of Kerala was affected by heavy rain on Wednesday night. Thousands of Sabarimala pilgrims were affected by the heavy rain that lashed the area on Thursday morning too. The downpour is heavy in Sabarimala and in Thiruvananthapuram. However, as the day progressed, rainfall decreased.
Several areas in Thiruvananthapuram were flooded and the district collector declared holiday for all professional institutions and schools. There will be no change in exams scheduled by the Health varsity. Rains continued to lash Sabarimala even for the second day today.
Two vehicles parked by the Ayyappa pilgrims outside the Thriveni in Pampa were washed away in the flooded waters. One car was caught on a tree while another was trapped under a bridge. Hundreds of vehicles were submerged in the waters.
The water level at Pampa river rose and crossed 35 metres to reach the walkway. Parked vehicles that were washed away were being tied up by ropes to trees. These vehicles were later taken away with the help of police, fire force and the Ayyappa devotees.
The rain that lashed the area on Wednesday night had caused problems for the pilgrims who were camping in the open spaces at North Nada and Pandithavalam.