Heavy rains in various parts of Kerala has crippled daily life in the state, with trains across the state delayed. According to reports, the signal at the Ernakulam Railway Station failed, due to which trains will be delayed.
“All trains between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam are delayed," said Southern Railway PRO.
Nine trains have also been cancelled:
56362 — Ernakulam - Nilambur Road Passenger (Unreserved)
56363 — Nilambur Road - Ernakulam Passenger (Unreserved)
56381 — Ernakulam - Kayankulam Passenger (via Alappuzha) (Unreserved)
56382 — Kayamkulam - Ernakulam Passenger (via Alappuzha) (Unreserved)
56379 — Ernakulam - Alappuzha Passenger (Unreserved)
56384 — Alappuzha - Ernakulam Passenger (Unreserved)
66308 — Kollam - Ernakulam MEMU (via Kottayam)
66309 — Ernakulam - Kollam MEMU
56365 — Guruvayur - Edamann Fast Passenger (Unreserved)
Two trains have been partially cancelled — the 56392 Kollam-Ernakulam Passenger (via Kottayam) and the 56387 that runs between Ernakulam and Kayamkulam (via Kottayam).
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On Monday morning, a tree fell on the Antyodaya Express in Aroor, Alappuzha, which led to the train being briefly halted.
Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts have been the worst-affected districts in the state.
Road connectivity in various parts of the state have also been affected. Several roads in Kuttanad, Alappuzha district and many parts of Idukki have been blocked because of waterlogging, and some areas in Kuttanad and Upper Kuttanad are completely inundated. In Kottayam, road connectivity in Pala, Erattupetta and Vaikom have been affected.
In Kollam, people have been stranded and are presently being moved to rescue camps. Bus services have been halted here.
Bus services in many parts of Kottayam and Kollam too have been affected.
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Heavy rains have also brought life to a standstill in Kochi, and the main city has been inundated.
The state disaster control room said that from July 9 to July 15, 11 people have reportedly lost their lives in Kerala due to the rains.
Twenty-seven relief camps have been opened in Wayanad, one in Palakkad, one in Thrissur five in Kollam and eight in Kottayam. Heavy rainfall has been predicted in the next 24 hours.
University exams have also been postponed in the state. MG University has postponed all examinations that were scheduled for Monday, but is yet to announce the date to which the exam has been rescheduled. Kerala University declared on Sunday that all exams scheduled to be conducted on Monday were been postponed to July 21.
(With inputs from Saritha Balan and Megha Varier)