IMD has issued an orange alert in many parts of the state. (Photo Credits: PTI/FILE)
Thiruvananthapuram/Pathanamthitta: As heavy rains continue in Kerala, the car of three members of the same family skidded off the road while trying to overtake a bus near Vennikulam in Pathanamthitta district of the state and slid into a nearby drain with rain water. fell. Police said Chandi Mathew, his wife and daughter drowned in the river by the time locals could rescue them.
Police said the accident took place at around 7 am when the car they were traveling in while trying to overtake a bus, skidded off a wet road and fell into a nearby drain, whose water level rose significantly due to heavy rains. went.
In another rain-related incident, a 60-year-old man got washed away in the Pampa river in Athikayam village of Pathanamthitta district and is being searched for by firefighters, district officials said. Officials said quarrying and mining activities have been put on hold in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts in view of inclement weather and warnings of heavy rains in the coming days.
Officials said 25 Malayalees, who were visiting the district’s Illikkal Illavijapoonchira tourist center in Kottayam, could not return home due to rain and were kept in a nearby government school and house in adjoining homes. Officials said they were trying to make way for small vehicles to pass through the Chakkakav-Kuvapalli road, adding that breaking of power lines and poles in the area was hampering rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief and MP K Sudhakaran asked all party workers to come forward to help in relief work in the wake of heavy rains in the state. Sudhakaran has also asked the party to open DCC offices and control rooms at the ground level and asked workers of all party units to come forward and be a part of relief and rescue activities in this hour of crisis.
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State Revenue Minister K Rajan said that apart from the heavy rains, the strong winds accompanying it are also a matter of concern. Speaking to reporters in Thrissur, the minister said that in the coming days, strong winds are expected in the coastal areas of the state, especially Kollam, Kayamkulam and parts of Kochi and as a result, Vizhinjam port is also expected to be affected. Is.
He has advised fishermen to be careful in the current situation. A holiday was declared for educational institutions in some parts of the state on Monday. The control room of the district said that in view of the Orange Alert issued for the district in Ernakulam till August 4, all the departments have been instructed to be prepared and fishermen not to go into the sea.
The control room said that the water level of the rivers flowing through the district is being monitored in view of the warning of heavy rains and a meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority is also to be held during the day.
The Central Meteorological Department had on Sunday predicted heavy rains in Kerala till August 4 and an orange alert was issued in various districts in the coming week. In view of the Orange Alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the coming week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said those living in hilly areas should remain alert and as a precautionary measure, they should be shifted to relief camps at the earliest. must be given. Rain starts.
An orange alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts of the state on August 1. Orange alert has been issued in eight districts on 2nd August, 12th August on 3rd and 12th August. 4, as per the IMD district’s rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 1 pm on Sunday.
There has been no change in the alert in the information available on IMD’s site at 10 am on Monday. Red alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall of more than 20 cms in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rain ranging from 6 cms to 20 cms of rain. Yellow alert means heavy rain between 6 to 11 cms. PTI HMP SS SS