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Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains lashed across nine of the 14 districts in Kerala on Tuesday as the Met office forecast that the downpour will continue till Wednesday.

All schools and colleges were closed in the capital district following overnight heavy showers.

Heavy rains nearly fill Kerala’s largest dam

A 75-year-old man was electrocuted here as he came into contact with a live wire.


Idukki district authorities are keeping a close watch on the rising waters in the Idukki dam, where an "orange alert" has been issued as the water level touched 2,395ft.

Red alert

A red alert would be sounded if the waters reach 2,399 feet, paving the way for opening the floodgates of the dam, which have not been opened since 1992.

People are scared and some have even moved to higher plains to avoid the wrath of the rain.


Even though the catchment areas of the dam have been receiving rains, the intensity is just one-third of what it was earlier. The authorities, however, are confident that there is nothing to worry about.

Alert

The residents living in and around the low-lying areas of downstream have already been alerted.

The district authorities have made elaborate arrangements and a 1,000-strong police force is camping in the area to tackle any eventuality.

 


The extended monsoon rains in Kerala have caused widespread devastation in the state, with a number of areas including Kuttanad, Kerala’s traditional rice bowl, continuing to be inundated in flood waters.

More than 30,000 people are estimated to be living in camps supported by the government after their houses were damaged or submerged by the rain waters.