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Kerala: Victims of reduced rainfall in the state are getting relief

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There appears to be a marked decline in rainfall in Kerala, although the unpredictability and sudden changes in weather conditions still remain. Intermittent rains were reported in some places last night, while water logging in parts of  Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts remains a cause of worry for local residents.

The district authorities in Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta have declared holiday for all educational institutions today. However, examinations scheduled earlier will be held.

All educational institutions in Karthikappally, Chengannur and Kuttanad Taluks in Alappuzha district and in Ponnani Taluk in Malappuram, will also remain closed today.  APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University and Kannur University have postponed all examinations scheduled for the day.

In Kasaragod district, six rivers are flowing above the danger mark. As water level in Iruvazhinji and Kuttiyadi rivers in Kozhikode district is also on the rise, people living along the banks have been asked to remain vigilant. In Kannur, one of the two children, who were swept away by heavy currents in Kolavallur river yesterday has been rescued,

while search is on for the other. Over 2500 persons including 1060 women and 460 children have been shifted to 112 relief camps set up across the state. The Health Department will introduce three mobile floating dispensaries, a 24-hour water ambulance and another land mobile unit from today in the Kuttanad region of Alappuzha. Over 25 houses were completely and 642 were partially destroyed in the recent rains in the state.

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