(Eds: Adds details, updates toll) Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 21 (PTI) Three people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala in the last two days as heavy showers continued to lash several parts of the state on Monday, officials said.
Two men, aged 37 and 50, drowned when they fell into flooded water pits in two different places in Kasaragod district on Monday, the state disaster management authority (SDMA) said.
One person died of electrocution here on Sunday when he came into contact with a live wire which got snapped due to heavy rain and wind, an SDMA official told PTI.
In another incident, a country boat, carrying nine people, overturned at a waterbody near Adimali in Idukki district, but all occupants were rescued.
'All the passengers were Tribals who were on their way to collect produce from the forest when the boat overturned.
All were rescued and none of them was seriously injured,' Idukki District Collector H Dineshan said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for 10 districts after a low pressure area formed over the North East Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood on Sunday.
The districts are Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod.
The Kundala, Kallarkutti, Malankara and Ponmudi dam shutters have been opened resulting in water rise in Periyar, Muthirapuzha and Muvattupuzha rivers.
Hosdur in Kasaragod received 9 cm of rainfall, as per the latest bulletin on the IMD website, while Vythiri in Wayanad district received 9.4 cm, Munnar and Peerumedu in Idukki and Nedumangadu in Thiruvananthapuram recorded 7 cms.
At least eight houses have been destroyed in yesterday's rain in Kasaragod district.
Three units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which reached Kerala on Sunday, have been deployed inWayanad, Malappuram and Thrissur districts, officials said.
Already there are two NDRF teams in Idukki and Kozhikode districts.
Fishermen have been warned not to put out to sea as strong winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph are likely to prevail along and off Kerala, Karnataka coasts and over Lakshadweep area. PTI RRT VS VS