Seven districts of Kerala were put on red alert on Monday afternoon as heavy rain battered the south and central parts of the state.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced red alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts, which had previously been among 12 districts on orange alert. A red alert indicates a forecast of very heavy to extremely heavy rain.
Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts remained on orange alert while Kannur and Kasargode districts in north Kerala were on yellow alert along with Lakshwadeep islands.
Pinarayi warned people to prepare for more heavy rains and asked them to listen to instructions issued by local officials.
Met department upgraded the rain alerts issued.— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) October 21, 2019
🟥 Red Alerts: Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad
🟧 Orange Alerts: Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad
🟨 Yellow Alerts: Kannur, Kasargod pic.twitter.com/pb82b8Q0Xt
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.
“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.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea.
“Follow instructions from local officials. Listen to instructions regarding evacuation or sheltering. If advised to evacuate, please do so immediately,” he tweeted along with the weather alerts.
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