Control rooms have been set-up to provide assistance to those affected by the rains.

Very heavy rainfall to lash eight districts of Kerala says IMD in new alert
news Rains Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 13:27

The Regional Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall across Kerala until August 1.

In its bulletin released on Tuesday, the Met office announced that Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Palakkad districts are set to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, this means these places would receive a rainfall of 64.5 mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours.

Control rooms have started functioning in various areas of the state.

Thiruvananthapuram Collectorate -- 0471 2730045, 2730067, Mobile number -- 9497711281

Varkala -- 9497711286

Chirayinkeezh -- 9497711287

Kaattakkada -- 9497711284

Nedumangadu -- 9497711285

Neyyattinkara -- 9497711283

Thiruvananthapuram -- 9497711282.

Thiruvananthapuram District Collector K Vasuki declared a holiday for all educational institutions, other than professional colleges, on Tuesday due to the heavy rains lashing the district.

Read: Schools in Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur remain closed due to heavy rains 

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

Heavy rains in the state has also caused extensive delays in train timings.

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 moved 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 1,000 as a one-time aid to those families staying 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.

Read: Idukki dam: Code Orange issued as water level reaches 2395 feet 

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