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Torrential rains hit Kerala; alert issued in state

After torrential rains hit Kerala, the state government has issued an alert to all districts. There is a high possibility of more heavy rains in the next 24 hours and landslides could also occur. The State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) has issued alert to all districts in Kerala. The SEOC has also recommended that schools should be closed on Monday to avoid any potential problems due to the heavy rain. As per available data, the rain has been especially stronger in central and northern parts of Kerala. The weather department has predicted that Northern Kerala will get more rains on Monday. Schools and other academic intuitions have been advised to stay shut on Monday.

According to the weather forecast, very heavy rainfall of about 12-24 cm is expected to occur in some places in Kerala in the next 24 hours. Heavy rain of about 7-11 cm is also expected in various places in Kerala. Trivandrum is expected to get heavy spells of rain in the next 24 hours and rivers would be touching the danger mark. The disaster management department has advised the authorities of Kozhikode, Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Kottayam and Alappuzha (Kuttanad) to stay alert and take prompt action. Fishermen have also been warned about venturing in the sea, as they could face problems due to heavy rain and high winds of 45-55 kmph.

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