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13 die in rain-related incidents in Kerala in 2 days

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Torrential monsoon rains several parts of have claimed at least 13 lives in the last two days, officials said today.

Four people died today -- two inThiruvananthapuram and one each at Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts in rain-related incidents, officials in the state Control Room for disaster management here said.

As the Met department warned of strong winds along and off coast and over in the next 24 hours and asked fishermen not to venture into sea, Chief Minister asked officials to be alert and take utmost care.

"People living in hilly taluks need to be extra careful. Government has taken necessary precautions to meet any exigency. Control rooms have been opened across the state," he tweeted.

In the state capital, a man was electrocuted to death when he came in contact with a power line that snapped in gusty winds at nearby Neyyatinkara, while another died in a tree fall.

According to revenue authorities, nine people died in rain-related incidents in Kozhikode, and Kasargod in the last two days.

Most of the deaths occurred due to drowning in swollen rivers and falling of uprooted trees, they said.

As the South-West monsoon remains active, most parts of the state have been receiving rains in the past few days.

Vadakara in district recorded the maximum rainfall of 17 cm in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am today, followed by Parambikulam (Palakkad district) 13 cm, Kannur, Taliparamba (district) and Peermade (district) 12 cm each.

The rains have damaged crops and property in Idukki, Kozhikode, and districts, officials said, adding the loss to agriculture and property was being assessed.

Traffic was disrupted in the high range district following landslips and after trees fell on roads, they said.

Sea erosion was also reported from some coastal areas where affected fishermen families had been shifted to relief camps.

The Met department said strong winds with a speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, are likely along and off coasts and over Lakshadweep areas in the next 24 hours.

Fishermen were asked not to venture into the as it would be rough to very rough during the period.

Meanwhile, the state government's 52-day ban on trawling by mechanised fishing boats during the monsoon came into force from today.

This year the ban period has been extended by five more days and would be in force till July 1.

The two-decade old practice of banning trawling during this period is implemented with a view to protecting sea resources as the gestation period of different species of fish occurs during the monsoon.

Trawlers from other states also would be asked not to enter the state coast during the ban period, officials said.

Meanwhile, of the Opposition in state assembly asked the government to issue directions to district collectors to take up relief works in rain-hit areas.

Damage to property and crops was more in hill districts, he said, pointing out land slips had occurred in several places.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 21:10 IST