Rain fury: Over 22,000 moved to relief camps

There was no let-up from heavy rains in Kerala as four members of a family were killed at Edavanna in Malappuram district when their house collapsed on Friday, while over 22,000 people have been moved to relief camps.

The Cochin International Airport, where flight operations was suspended after floodwaters inundated the 'apron area' (parking), will remain closed till 3 PM on Sunday, an official press release said.

Moderate to heavy rainfall with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is very likely to at one or two places in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

High waves in the range of 3.2-3.7 metres are forecast till 23:30 hours of Saturday along the coast of Kerala from Pozhiyoor to Kasargod.

Officials have advised fishermen not to venture into these areas during the period.

Train services on the Mararikulam-Alapuzha route was suspended on Friday morning for a few hours as a tree fell on the track, damaging electric lines. At least 4 trains -- Maveli Express, Rajdhani, Dhanbad express and Guruvayur -- were held up at various points, railway sources said.