Several low lying areas including Thampanur is water logged.

Rain lashes Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram wades through knee deep water
news Rain Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 14:24

Heavy rains lashing the city of Thiruvananthapuram since Thursday morning has left several low-lying areas inundated with water. 

Areas including Thampanur, East Fort and Ayyappan Koil road is water logged, with the height of water rising to a knee-deep level in Ayyappan Koil road. 

Vehicles including two-wheelers and cars parked on either side of this stretch of the road are under water and most of the small shops have downed their shutters due to the rise in water level. 

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director Sahadevan told TNM that heavy rain was received in the first part of the day mainly in Thiruvananthapuram city and Nedumangad. 

"We had issued a thunderstorm warning. It lasted for about 3 hours in the morning and have now passed. We will inform when a new formation takes place. For now, the thunderstorm was localised and it has passed. Although the rains began in the city initially, it has now spread to other parts of the district too," he said. 

Thampanur part of the city is affected badly by water logging every year. The district administration had launched Operation Anantha two years ago to clean out canals and clear encroachments in order to prevent the area from flooding. However, this seems to have done little to prevent the water logging in the area this time around.

When contacted, Assistant Commissioner of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority told TNM that a meeting of the district administration was underway to discuss the situation. 


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