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Heavy rain lashes south Kerala, flooding hundreds of houses; govt begins shifting people to relief camps

Heavy rain lashes Thiruvananthapuram /Representative Image (PTI)

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: Hundreds of houses flooded due to heavy rain in the Chellanam suburb and Ernakulum district in Kerala on Friday. Hundreds of people in the coastal villages of Kerala have been shifted from their homes to relief camps after the seawater due to high tide and the rough sea started gushing inside their homes.

“Rainfall has started occurring over South Kerala with many stations reporting heavy to very heavy rain as seen in IMD AWS today at 0830 hrs IST (300UTC) of 14th May 2021,” Central Water Commission Official Flood Forecast tweeted.

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Heavy rain lashed the coastal towns of Alappuzha, Kollam and Thiruvanthapuram. The rough sea broke the sea wall in the state capital. The government has opened relief camps in coastal regions to accommodate the people being shifted from homes.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said, “A low-pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area today. It is very likely to become well marked over Lakshadweep area by Friday morning.”

The low-pressure area is expected to be formed by May 14 while it may take another two days to turn into a cyclone.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KDSMA) in a statement had warned, “The Disaster Management Authority (DMA) has directed the public and concerned to be vigilant in the event of thunderstorms and strong winds in Kerala.”

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