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Educational Institutions in 7 Districts to Remain Shut After Heavy Rainfall Forecast in Kerala



New Delhi, Jul 15: Authorities in Kerala on Sunday asked all the educational Institutions in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Pathanamthitta,  Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts to be closed tomorrow following heavy rain alert. Kerala has been witnessing heavy rainfall which has disrupted routine life in the state. Severe water-logging have been reported in many parts due to heavy downpour.

Kerala University has also postponed all its examinations scheduled for tomorrow to July 21, while Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) will function.

Southwest monsoon has been active over Kerala and rains occurred at most places in Lakshadweep, IMD bulletin said. Heavy to very heavy rainfall recorded incmare: Vaikom (Kottayam district) 13, Kayamkulam (Alappuzha district) 10, Piravom (Ernakulam district) 9, Kottayam, Kayamkulam_Agri (Alappuzha district) & Munnar (Idukki district) 7 each.

In the second spell of rains in the south-west monsoon, 9 people have died since July 9, including a fisherman who was electrocuted after she came into contact with a live wire in Alappuzha.

Shutters of the Neyyar dam in Thiruvananthapuram and Banasura in Wayanad have been opened as the water level has been rising in the reservoirs and people living in the downstream have been asked to be cautious.

People have been advised against travelling in heavy rains, especially during nights, due to the possibility of landslips in hilly regions as heavy rains are likely to continue till July 17.

With the sea being rough, the public has also been asked not to frequent beaches. In some places, houses have suffered partial damage as trees got uprooted and fell on them.

(With PTI inputs)

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