Kerala CM asks people to be vigilant amid heavy rain warning in the state

Amid heavy rains that have hit parts of Kerala over the past few weeks and others expected over the next four days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday urged people to be vigilant.

“As India’s meteorological department has warned of heavy rains in the state for the next five days, people need to be very vigilant,” the chief minister said on Sunday. Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts are experiencing heavy rains. Water levels in rivers are rising in many places. Many streams overflowed.

In a tragic incident, four tourists from Tamil Nadu got stuck in a torrent following heavy rains on the Achankovil River in Kollam district, after which one person died while the other three survived.

After a landslide occurred in Munnilav village in Meenachil taluk of Kottayam district, Munnilav town was flooded and one person disappeared in the landslide and was later rescued.

The vehicles got stuck on the other side of the road after a torrent entered the Kallar-Meenmutti waterfalls within the confines of Thiruvananthapuram Vithura police station.

Two youths near Kallar in the village of Vitura became trapped on rocks and were rescued with the help of officers from Vitura Police Station.

Police, firefighters and other government agencies have been ordered to be vigilant. Rescue operations are underway at the scene of the accident. Four sections of the Neyyar dam have been raised. The tourist sites of Ponmudi, Kallar and Mankayam are closed.

Fishermen have been advised not to go to sea under any circumstances. People have been told to evacuate landslide-prone areas.
The Chief Minister asked everyone to be prepared to strictly follow the warnings issued by the Disaster Management Authority at their respective times.

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