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Kerala: Four dead in 24 hours due to heavy downpour, 11 killed since July 9


Eleven people have been killed since July 9, according to the state control room, which monitors rain-related incidents in Kerala. As heavy rains lashed Kerala, four deaths and three missing persons were reported.
Two of the deceased have been identified from Kozhikode and the other two from Kannur’s Alappuzha. The four people killed in the last 24 hours in Kerala after the second spell of rain pounded the state.

Schools and colleges in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathnamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts were closed on July 16 after heavy rain disrupted rail and road traffic due to extreme waterlogging. Kerala University has postponed all its examinations scheduled for tomorrow to July 21.

It has been raining in several districts for the last 36 hours and the Met department has predicted more rain till Wednesday. The coastal districts are on high alert and fishermen have been asked not to venture in rough seas.

Several low-lying areas and roads are cut off. A minimum of eight passenger trains have been cancelled and some others are running late along the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram route. Buses to Karnataka via Wayanad district have been suspended, NDTV reports.

In the hilly Idukki district, in one or two places landslides have occured. Around 2,000 families have been shifted to 46 relief camps in the state.

The Bharathapuzha, one of the major rivers in the state, is in full spate, so are the Bhavani and Siruvani rivers, the officials said.

Over 100 trees were uprooted at various places and a bridge, connecting Kerala and Karnataka, washed away affecting traffic on the inter-state road. A team of 60 army personnel were engaged in clearing the debris.