Headlines October 22, 2019
Heavy rains lash across Kerala
Heavy rains lashed across Kerala on Monday bringing normal life to a standstill. Colleges, schools and offices were affected. By elections that were scheduled across the state was also deeply affected due to the rains. Rains of more than 20 cm were recorded across Kerala. Red alert was issued in seven districts including Ernakulam, Idukki, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Wayanad, Malappuram and state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Schools and colleges will remain shut today as well.
Prepare for more downpours. Heavy rain has increased across most parts of the State. We are closely monitoring the situation. Follow instructions from local officials. Listen to instructions regarding evacuation or sheltering. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately-Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.
The weather forecast has predicted heavy to very heavy rains until 24 October. The latest downpour is due to north-east monsoon becoming extremely active in the state.
One of the worst affected cities were Kochi. All the main roads including MG Road and Marine Drive were fully submerged under water on Monday. Officials have warned fishermen to not go to the sea until further notice is issued. Even Lakshwadeep will get heavy rains in days to come. “Weatherman predicts heavy rain in Kerala. Red alert issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad districts”, tweeted Manoj Vishwanathan, journalist.