As heavy rains continued to lash Kerala, Monday was declared a vacation for academic establishments in some components of the state.
District Collectors of Pathanamthitta and Kollam declared August 1 as a vacation for academic establishments in sure taluks of their respective districts.
In Ernakulam, in view of an Orange alert issued for the district until August 4, all departments have been directed to be ready and fishermen have been instructed to not go to sea, the management room of the district mentioned.
Water ranges of rivers flowing by means of the district are being monitored in view of the heavy rain warnings and a gathering of the District Catastrophe Administration Authority can also be scheduled to be held throughout the day, the management room mentioned.
The central Meteorological Division had on Sunday predicted heavy rains in Kerala until August 4 with orange alerts being issued in numerous districts within the week forward.
In view of the Orange alerts issued by the India Meteorological Division (IMD) for the approaching week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday mentioned these in hilly areas ought to be cautious and as a precautionary measure they need to be shifted to aid camps as quickly as rains begin.
Orange alert has been issued in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts of the state for August 1.
Orange alert has been issued in eight districts for August 2, 12 for August 3 and 12 on August 4, in accordance with an IMD district rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 1 PM on Sunday.
A purple alert signifies heavy to extraordinarily heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, whereas orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to twenty cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.