Heavy rain lashes Kerala; 3 died

Three persons were killed when they were struck by lightning as heavy rains lashed several parts of Kerala on Tuesday, causing severe traffic snarls in various places.

All three deaths were reported from Thiruvananthapuram district which received copious rains since Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Low-lying areas were waterlogged and the collector has asked people living in such areas to be cautious. Onward journey of several trains have been delayed due to waterlogging at the railway station here, railway sources told.

Due to the flooding of roads, traffic was held up in various parts of the city. According to Met office, heavy rains were also reported from Alapuzha, Punalur and Kottayam areas.