Rain fury: Schools, colleges to be shut in parts of Kerala

Rain fury: Kakkayam dam opened, red alert at Idamalayar dam
Several low-lying roads in Nilambur were flooded after incessant rain. | Photo: Manorama

Kannur: Heavy rain caused widespread damage in various parts of Kerala, prompting authorities to declare holiday for educational institutions in select districts.

The Kannur district collector has declared Thursday a holiday for schools, professional colleges and Anaganwadis in the Iritti and Talipparamba taluks here. The University of Kannur postponed the examinations scheduled for Thursday.    

Rain fury: Kakkayam dam opened, red alert at Idamalayar dam
Shutter gates of the Idamalayar dam in Ernakulam district were opened on Thursday morning.

Educational institutions in Wayanad, which has been reeling under the impact of an extremely heavy downpour since Tuesday, have also been granted a holiday Thursday. There will be no changes in the higher secondary and college level examinations announced earlier.

Rain fury: Kakkayam dam opened, red alert at Idamalayar dam
Rain wreaked havoc in Nilambur, Malappuram

The district administration of Malappuram have declared a holiday for schools and Anganwadis in Nilambur, Ernad and Kondotty taluks Thursday. Professional colleges will function and exams will be conducted without any changes, district collector Amit Meena said.

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The water level at the Idukki dam has been rising at a rate of 0.06 feet per hour.

Schools, colleges and Anganwadis in Devikulam and Udumbanchola taluks in Idukki district will also remain closed Thursday.  

Kozhikode collector has declared holiday for educational institutions including professional colleges in Thamarassery taluk, Nadapuram, Kunnumal, Perambra, Balussery and Mukkam in the district.

Rain fury: Kakkayam dam opened, red alert at Idamalayar dam
Most of the rivers in the state are in spate

Holiday was also declared for all educational institutions, including professional colleges, in Idukki, Devikulam, Udubanchola taluks. Palakkad district collector also declared holiday for all educational institutions. Holiday was declared for all schools in Kollam district and Chalakudi taluk in Thirssur.

Rain fury: Kakkayam dam opened, red alert at Idamalayar dam
Landslides were reported in five places in Idukki

The Kerala Higher Secondary Board's Class XI supplementary and improvement exams scheduled for Thursday has been postponed citing inclement weather conditions.

Incessant rain - 3 killed

Rain fury: Kakkayam dam opened, red alert at Idamalayar dam
Incessant rain flooded many roads in Malappuram

Widespread damage to life and property was reported in the heavy rain that lashed various parts of the state on Wednesday. A woman, Fathima, died in a rain-related incident in Adimali, Idukki, Thursday. Two people died in a house collapse on Wednesday following a landslip at Ayyankunnu at Iritti, Kannur. Shiny, 35 and her father-in-law Thomas, 75, were the deceased.

Landslips were reported in Wayanad, Idukki and Kozhikode.

Flooded Wandoor, Malappuram

The worst-affected districts are Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Idukki, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad. The Met department has said that heavy rain was likely to continue till August 10, Friday.

Also read: Wayanad reels under heavy rain; schools, colleges shut

Low-lying areas of Wayanad, including Vythiri and Lakkidi, were submerged in the continuous rain since Tuesday night.

Also read: Idukki water level crosses 2398 ft, heavy rain continues

Water levels have been rising in rivers and dams across the state due to the incessant rains. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has warned people to stay away from rivers and dams.

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Schools had to remain closed in several areas after incessant rain.
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