Thiruvananthapuram: Rain continued in parts of Kerala on Tuesday. The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall (7-11 cm in 24 hours) at isolated places till Thursday.
In a revised update, an orange alert was issued in four districts including Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod on Tuesday. Yellow alert has been issued in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram.
A shutter was raised on the Peringalkuthu dam on the Chalkuri river in Thrissur district on Tuesday. Residents living on the banks of the river have been advised to exercise caution after the water level reached 423 meters here.
The National Center for Oceanographic Studies (INCOIS) said that a high wave of 2.8 to 3.3 meters is likely along the Kerala coast (Vizhinjam to Kasaragod) till 11.30 pm on Tuesday. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea off the Kerala-Karnataka coast and Lakshadweep area till July 28.
Holiday in 4 districts
Due to continuous rains, holidays have been declared in educational institutions of four districts on Tuesday.
The holiday is for Waynad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Malappuram districts.
District Collectors in separate notifications said professional colleges and schools under ICSE/CBSE will also remain closed on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, holidays have been declared for schools in Vellarikundu and Hosdurg taluks of Kasaragod district. There will be no holidays in colleges of two taluks.
But there will be pre-scheduled PSC exams.
Heads of educational institutions have been asked to make up the hours lost due to holidays.
Students are advised to stay away from waterlogged areas.
Ban on vanadium mining
With the weather forecast warning of heavy rains in the coming days, Wayanad District Collector Dr Renu Raj who is also the chairperson of the District Disaster Management Authority, on Monday issued an order banning mining activities and construction sites that use earthmovers in the district, with immediate effect.
A press release informed that this order will remain in force till further orders in this regard. There will be no restrictions on clearing streams, rivers and drainages to facilitate water flow to ensure the safety of people living along the banks, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the highway department has banned the movement of heavy vehicles on the Manantabadi-Kaithakkal road as the protective wall of the road has been damaged due to soil subsidence due to heavy rains. Heavy vehicles will have to take diversion by the 4th mile, a statement from the highway assistant engineer said.