Six die in Kerala rains, red alert declared in 7 districts

Addressing media in the wake of incessant rain lashing the Kerala state, the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that six people died in two days.

Vijayan on Monday assured that the state is taking all necessary steps to prevent rain-related calamities.

He said precautionary measures were being taken based on the experiences of floods in the recent past.

People in areas prone to floods and landslides will be shifted to relief camps, CM said, urging people to willingly move to such facilities.

Meanwhile, Kerala government has declared a holiday for educational institutions in seven districts on Tuesday (August 2) in view of the incessant rain.

The seven districts are Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kollam and Kottayam.

The IMD has declared a red alert in seven districts on Monday – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki.