Heavy rains in the state till Wednesday; Red alert in Idukki and Kasaragod

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Thiruvananthapuram: The meteorological department has warned that there is a chance of rain in the state till Wednesday. The red alert was announced in Kasaragod and Idukki districts. An orange alert is in place in Kannur, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts. The district collector today announced a holiday for the educational institutions in the Kottayam, Kannur districts. Red alerts have been issued in six districts of the state till July 22 and orange alert in 11 districts till July 24.

Rainfall is continuing in the hilly areas of Kasaragod district. Thirty families have been evacuated from the Madhur region alone, all in the lowlands. Heavy rains are continuing in Katla, Kanhangad, Neeleswaram, and Cheruvathoor. All these areas are flooded. People were forced to move to relief camps after the raging floods in Kanhangad and Kinalur. Damages have been reported from Kasargod in heavy rains.