Heavy rain lashed various parts of Kerala on Monday, affecting rail and road traffic and inundating low-lying areas, PTI reported. Eleven people have been killed in rain-related incidents since July 9, according to the state control room.
More rain is predicted till Wednesday, weather officials said. Rain in some districts has continued for the last 36 hours, reported IANS.
Bus services were disrupted as the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus station in Thiruvananthapuram was waterlogged. Educational institutions in eight districts – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathnamthitta, Alapuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur – remained closed on Monday after the district collectors declared a holiday.
In Kottayam, educational institutions will be closed on Tuesday too, Manorama Online reported. The Kerala University has postponed all its examinations scheduled this week.
Around 2,000 families have been shifted to at least 46 relief camps, officials in the state control room said. Twenty homes have been fully submerged and 614 homes have been partially damaged, they added.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who cut short his trip to the United States, held a high-level meeting with officials during the day.
Heavy rain and waterlogging was reported from parts of Odisha, Gujarat and Maharashtra as well. In its evening update, the India Meteorological Department predicted that parts of Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh would receive very heavy rainfall till Wednesday. Parts of North India are also likely to receive heavy rain in the next two days.