Heavy rain lashes Kerala

Heavy rain lashed Kerala on Sunday causing widespread damage, landslip and waterlogging in various parts.

Incessant rains triggered landslip in the tribal hamlet of Attappady and adjacent areas in Palakkad district but no one was injured, officials said.

Rail traffic was partially affected on the Kottayam-Thiruvananthapuram route as earth caved in and onto the track following heavy rains.

According to authorities, many parts of Palakkad is experiencing heavy rain for the past three days and widespread destruction and agricultural crop loss have been reported in the interior areas.

Houses and roads were damaged in various parts. Anakkal, Puthur and Jellyppara areas in Attappady, where the landslip was reported, were affected the most.

Many parts of high range Idukki and coastal Alappuzha district also experienced heavy rains. Waterlogging caused traffic blocks in some parts of Kochi.

The rains have come as a relief to the state which had registered a 25 per cent dip in the rainfall between June 1-August 23 this year.

The state government announced a holiday on Monday for all educational institutions including professional colleges.

(Agencies)