The schools and colleges in parts of Kerala — Kannur, Kasargod and Kottayam districts were closed on Monday, July 22 due to heavy rainfall in the state. The holiday was announced in the schools and colleges after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for these districts, as reported by news agency ANI.
Till now, the heavy rains in the state took lives of four people and three others are reportedly missing. Thereafter, the IMD has issued a red alert in Kasargod and Idukki districts on Sunday, and Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts for Monday. It has also forecast “extremely heavy rainfall” in Kannur and Kasargod districts on Tuesday. The Met department has also sounded an orange alert in Kottayam, Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Malappuram till July 25.
Even as the intensity of rains reduced Sunday, coastal areas continued to bore the brunt of the rough sea. The state government asked tourists to stay away from Shankumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram. The Met department also cautioned fishermen from venturing into the sea.