Heavy rain lashes Kerala; one dead, another missing in separate incidents

When floodwater breached the Moonilavu Town in Kottayam district on Sunday.

A domestic tourist lost his life while a local youth was swept away in separate rain-related incidents in Kerala on Sunday.

A Madurai native lost his life after getting caught in a torrent at the Kumbhavurutti Waterfalls in Kollam. In the Pathanamthitta district, a youngster was swept away while attempting to cross the Pakalakkavu culvert.

Kokkanamattathil Adwaith (28) was swept away while his friend Samuel (27) was rescued by locals.

The duo had attempted to cross the culvert by holding hands after locals had dissuaded them from riding their bike over the flooded path.

Meanwhile, heavy rains continued to lash south-central Kerala. With the water level rising in the Achenkovil River, Kochukoyikkal Thodu, Vayyattupuzha Thodu, and Seethakkuzhi Thodu in the Seethathodu region were flooded.


Kochukoyikkal Thodu in Pathanamthitta flooded in Sunday's rain.

Night travel ban
A ban on night travel (7 pm to 7 am) was imposed in the hilly areas of the Kottayam district after heavy rain lashed Sunday evening.

The grama panchayats in the Meenachil and Kanjirappally Taluks were instructed to maintain caution.

Tourists stranded on the Illikkalkallu Road were rescued.

In the Kottayam district, a landslide was reported at Moonilavu Village in Kottayam. Though the water level is reportedly rising in Moonilavu Town, the district disaster management authority has reported no serious damages.

Meanwhile, floodwater has entered the Karinilam Junction along the Mundakkayam-Erumeli route.

The water bodies in Koodal, Kalanjur and Konni also witnessed heavy flow.

Earlier on the day, several persons were stranded following a torrent near the Meenmutty Waterfalls in Thiruvananthapuram.

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