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Rail service stalled in Kerala due to heavy rains, Meteorological Department issued ‘Orange Alert’

  • Railway sources said that after landslides between Kottayam and Chingavanam, train service between Kottayam and Ernakulam was affected due to soil and stone falling on the railway tracks.

Several low-lying areas, including Ernakulam and Kottayam districts in Kerala, were flooded in the low-lying areas on Wednesday morning. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an ‘Orange Alert’ indicating heavy rains in Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Kottayam, and Ernakulam. It has been raining heavily since last night. Waterlogging has occurred in many areas including Jose Junction, MG Road, Panampilly Nagar in Kochi city.

The city has also been flooded at the terminal of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Many houses in western Kochi have also been flooded. Railway sources said that train service between Kottayam and Ernakulam was affected due to soil and stone fall on the railway tracks after landslides between Kottayam and Chingavanam. Sources said that Thiruvananthapuram to Venad special train 06301 was stopped at Changanassery railway station itself and its pair running from Ernakulam would leave from Changanassery 06302.

Fear of wind at 40-50 km per hour

Due to the bending of two OHE (overhead equipment) wires, the electronic trains between Kottayam and Chingavanam are not getting power supply. The Thiruvananthapuram-Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express passing through Kottayam has been sent via Alappuzha. According to the Meteorological Department, wind speed is expected to reach 40-50 km per hour on the coast of Kerala and beyond, and fishermen have been advised not to go to sea.

Floods caused havoc 100 years ago

In the month of August 2018 in Kerala, the most terrible floods in the last 100 years had caused severe devastation and killed more than 400 people and caused extensive property damage. At the same time, a year later, in August, the northern part of Kerala was flooded and more than 120 people died.