Schools in Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur remain closed due to heavy rains

The District Collector has also issued an alert to people living near river banks to stay cautious.
Schools in Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur remain closed due to heavy rains
Schools in Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur remain closed due to heavy rains
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The Thiruvananthapuram District Collector has declared a holiday for all educational institutions other than professional colleges on Tuesday in view of heavy rains.

According to reports, some schools in Thiruvananthapuram will continue to operate as students have already reached the campus and it was deemed safer to stay in school than return home.

Heavy rains continue to plague the hilly regions of the district. Extensive destructions have been reported at Kallakkadu, Kuttichal, Amboori, and Vellarada.

The District Collector K Vasuki has also alerted people living near river banks to stay vigilant.

Schools in parts of Kannur such as Kottiyoor, Kelakam, Kanichar, Thillemkeri, Muzhakunnu, Kolayad, and Chittariparamba will also remain closed on Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, all educational institutions in various taluks including Kottayam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts were closed due to unabated rains over a number of days.

In Kottayam and Vaikom districts, schools and colleges in Mutholy, Kidangoor, Kurichi, Madappally, Payippad, Thrikkodithanam and Vazhappilly panchayats as well as Changanassery municipality were also closed.

Two National Disaster Response teams were deployed in Alappuzha and Kottayam, the worst affected districts. Additionally, the army too is prepared in case of an emergency, according to reports.

Monsoons in Kerala began on May 29 this year and have continued to wreak havoc in various districts.

The monsoons have so far claimed 90 lives in the state and 27,000 people have taken to shelter camps for relief since the onset of the south west monsoon.

The state cabinet which convened on July 18 decided to provide Rs 1000 as a one-time aid to those families put up in the relief camps.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government announced an ‘Orange Alert’ along the banks of the Periyar river, as the water levels in the Idukki dam rose to 2395 feet on Monday night. Rescue and relief teams have been deployed in both Idukki and Ernakulam districts to take over in the event of the dam's shutters being opened.

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