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Kerala rains: State on alert, educational institutions to shut on Monday

17 September, 2017 1:21 PM
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Kerala State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has issued alert to all districts following heavy rains in the state. The SEOC also advised to declare a holiday for all schools in the entire state on Monday. According to Met inputs, heavy to very heavy rains are expected to lash Kerala till Monday.

KOCHI: In view of heavy rains and possibility of landslides across Kerala, the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has issued alert to all districts. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has declared a holiday for all schools across the state on Monday due to the heavy to very heavy rains that wreaked havoc in many parts of Kerala. He has directed the disaster management teams to be on alert for rescue and rehabilitation measures in landslide and flood prone areas.

The rains have been particularly heavy in central and north Kerala. Northern Kerala, which has already witnessed heavy rains, is expected to get more spells of rains on Monday too.

Entire state has been advised to declare holidays in schools and other academic institutions.

According to the India Meteorological Department in Thiruvanthapuram, very heavy rainfall (12-20 cm in 24 hrs) is most likely to occur at one or two places in the state and heavy rainfall (7-11cm in 24 hrs) is most likely to occur at few places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till Monday morning and is most likely to continue at one or two places in Kerala till Tuesday.

State disaster management authority's advisory says that night time traffic to be restricted through all hilly tracts from 7pm to 7am. Emergency vehicles may be permitted. Police may be directed to patrol such routes in the night.

Trivandrum would get two more heavy spells on Sunday night and most rivers would remain in high spate on Monday too, IMD predications suggested.

Tahasildars of Kozhikode, Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Kottayam and Alappuzha (Kuttanad) have been directed by PH Kurian IAS, additional chief secretary, Disaster Management, and the State Relief Commissioner to be in Taluk control rooms on Sunday night.

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