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Heavy rains in Kerala; more downpours expected till Jun 30

MonsoonThiruvananthapuram: South West Monsoon, which has picked up momentum after a lull since its onset early this month, is predicted to bring heavy downpour, exceeding seven cm, in isolated places in Kerala till June 30, the regional meteorological station said here today.

Incessant rains in the last two days caused water-logging in various parts of the state and brought low-lying areas under water.

The shutters of the nearby Neyyar Dam, was opened following which several areas in the city were water-logged. Authorities have sounded an alert and asked the locals to be vigilant.

Landslide was reported in Kattappana and Rajakkad in high-range Idukki district yesterday but no casualty was reported, officials said.

With monsoon becoming stronger with each passing day, the government has intensified measures to check the spread of contagious diseases.

State Health Minister V S Sivakumar, today said medicines,worth Rs 30 crore have already been stocked.

The government has launched ‘Jagratha’, a state-level comprehensive preventive-cum-awareness drive on contagious fevers, here today.

As part of the drive, screening teams would be deployed for monitoring migrant labour camps in the state throughout the monsoon season, the minister said.

Perumkadavila near here recieved the heaviest rains in the state-15 cm, since yesterday, ending 0830 hrs today followed by Kayamkulam (Alappuzha district)-14 cm, Thiruvananthapuram City, Nedumangad (Thiruvananthapuram district) & Mavelikkara (Alappuzha district)-12 cm each, according to the regional meteorological station.

‘South West Monsoon has been active over Kerala. Rain occurred at a few places in Lakshadweep,’ it said.

Strong winds from westerly direction, occassionally speeding 45-55 kmph, is likely along and off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area during next 24 hours, it said.

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