Officials said 12 people have died in various rain-related incidents in Kerala since Sunday. Amid heavy rains in the state, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘red alert’, warning of heavy rain, in 10 districts of Kerala, and an ‘orange’ alert in the rest. In fact, the weather authority has issued red alerts in various areas through August 4 – the highest rainfall warning was issued in 10 areas on August 3, and nine areas on August 4.
Due to the heavy rain warning in the state, the departments of 11 districts – Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad – have declared a holiday for all educational institutions tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Kerala government announced, on Tuesday, the postponement of the state cinema awards ceremony, scheduled for August 3, with the ceremony being held at the Nishagandi Open Hall. State Minister for Cultural Affairs VN Vasavan announced that the new date will be announced later.