Metro services in Kochi have also been temporarily suspended.

Kerala rains Rail services hit trains on Ernakulam-Alappuzha route suspended
news Rains Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 08:37

The unprecedented heavy rains in the state have resulted in rail services getting affected with trains on several routes cancelled or temporarily suspended. 

With water levels of the Periyar near the Railway bridge close to Aluva rising dangerously, all train services have been temporarily suspended along the Ernakulam-Alappuzha route.

Trains that were on their way to Palakkad have been cut short. 

Metro services in Kochi have also been temporarily suspended. 

Train services from Aluva - Angamaly have been temporarily stopped due to the rains. Water levels at the Aluva railway bridge have been increasing. Trains have been delayed due to the landslide at Vallathol Nagar in Vadakkanchery. 

In Sabarimala and Pampa, heavy rains are persisting.

Passenger trains number 56318 Nagercoil  - Kochuveli and number 56317 Kochuveli - Nagercoil, were fully cancelled on Wednesday.

In the Kollam-Punalur-Senkotta section, the following passenger trains were cancelled on Wednesday: No. 56336 Kollam / Punalur, No. 56336 Kollam - Senkottai, No. 56335 - Senkottai - Kollam, No. 56365 Kollam Edaman. 

Trains in the Thiruvananthapuram - Thrissur section will be delayed as speed limits have been imposed on certain railway bridges due to increasing water levels in the rivers below. 

The worst floods in nearly a century caused by unrelenting heavy rains led to 25 deaths in a single day on Wednesday, with the death toll rising to 67 since August 8. 

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while addressing the media said, "The situation is grave, the rain is expected to continue. I spoke to the Prime Minister and President. I also asked the Prime Minister to speak to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister about bringing down the water level in Mullaperiyar dam.”

A red alert has been issued in all the 14 districts of the state. 

The Cochin airport was shut till Saturday after flood waters entered the complex. With the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) being shut till August 18, light aircrafts could land in the naval airport in Kochi, the CM said. 

Sluice gates of 35 dams across Kerala have been opened, following incessant rains since late Tuesday. 

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