'Prepare For More': Pinarayi Vijayan Warns Kerala As Heavy Rains Lash State, Disrupt Bypolls

Meryl Sebastian

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned people to prepare for more heavy rains and asked them to listen to instructions issued by local officials as heavy rains lashing south and central parts of the state on Monday. 

The rains have affected the bypolls being held in five assembly constituencies on Monday, Mathrubhumi reported.

 

Low turnout was reported in the Vattiyoorkavu (Thiruvananthapuram), Aroor (Alapuzha), Konni (Pathanamthitta), Ernakulam and Manjeswaram (Kasaragod). bypolls. At 10 am, only 4.5% polling had been recorded in Ernakulam, Indian Express reported.

In Thiruvananthapuram,  Pathanamthitta, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts, Collectors announced a holiday for schools.

While a landslip disrupted train services on the Ernakulam-Kottayam route, the South and North railway stations in Ernakulam were flooded, Malayala Manorama reported.

Kerala’s Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena said 10 polling booths had flooded in Ernakulam district.

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“The election commission is observing the developments closely. I have sought a report from the district. The commission will extend polling time based on Collector’s report,” Meena said, Manorama quoted.

An orange alert was issued for 12 districts in the state on Monday morning, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast for  Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.

Kannur and Kasargode districts in north Kerala are on yellow alert...

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