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Kerala: Heavy rains continue to lash Southern part of the state as new depression forms in Bay of Bengal

Heavy rains and winds continued to lash Southern Kerala as a new depression formed in the Bay of Bengal. Extensive damage is being reported in the Thiruvananthapuram district.

Many areas are flooded and shutters of dams are raised. Mining activities are banned and travel to tourist destinations in the district is also prohibited. Trains on Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram route were canceled due to landslide in the Iraniyal bridge in Nagercoil.

Red alert is issued in Thiruvananthapuram and orange alert in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki districts. All other districts are under yellow alert.

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Met Department forecasts heavy rains and winds in the state till the 16th of this month. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged that people to be extra vigilant in hilly areas and river banks. Control Rooms and Relief Camps are opened in the affected regions. Mayusha

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