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NEET row: Which is your priority... future or dress, girl was asked

In a submission on the NEET incident, Kollam district police chief stated before the HC that girls were left embarrassed and traumatised

The New Indian Express 6 Aug 2022 6:42 am

Kerala rains: Sabarimala pilgrimage suspended, CUET postponed due to red warning

Kerala Rains 2022 A red warning has been declared in eight districts of Kerala by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). TNM Staff Image for Representation | PTI Incessant rains in Kerala have thrown life out of gear even as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red warning for eight districts in the state. The Kerala government has said that 46 people lost their lives from July 29 to August 4 in connection with rain-related incidents. A red warning has been declared in eight districts of Kerala by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) as rains continue to lash various parts of the state. Rains have also disrupted the day-to-day lives of the people as many roads were flooded or caved in and many got displaced from their homes to relief camps. A red warning is in place for August 4 in Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur. An orange warning is in place in the remaining districts, except for Thiruvananthapuram, where a yellow warning is in place. A total of 14 relief camps have been set up in the state and 5,849 people belonging to 1,732 families have been moved to the camps. The Kerala government has said that 46 people have died from rain-related incidents in the state from July 29 to August 4. One person is missing in Kollam while another person died in Kottayam district. In Thrissur, two fishermen met with an accident and one body has been found while a search operation is on to locate the second fisherman. The famed Sabarimala temple which opens for a few days during the beginning of the Malayalam calendar has started to restrict devotees. Devotees have been barred from entering the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Pathanamthitta in the wake of rising water levels in the river Pampa. From now on, people will not be allowed to enter the Sannidhanam from the river, and those in Sannidhanam are expected to climb down the hill by 6 pm. The district administration has warned that all instructions should be strictly adhered to. Meanwhile, landslides have entirely cut off access to road transport in the Moozhiyar-Gavi stretch of Pathanamthitta. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the people living on the banks of water bodies to be extremely cautious. They have been asked to follow the directives of the district authorities and be prepared to move to relief camps if a need arises. Those living in low-lying areas in Thrissur and Ernakulam districts and had moved out to relief camps during the 2018 floods, should do so this time as well. Night travel should not be undertaken on the higher ranges of the state. With most of the rivers in spate, none should attempt to cross it and fishing and swimming have been banned. In vulnerable places, residents should ensure they have an emergency kit packed and kept ready, said CM Pinarayi. The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Thursday postponed the CUET-UG (Common University Entrance Test for UnderGraduate courses) in Kerala due to heavy rains in the state. The second phase of CUET-UG, which got under way in the rest of the country and nine cities abroad on Thursday, will continue until August 6. Nearly 6.8 lakh candidates had registered for the second phase of the test. The CUET (UG) 2022 for the candidates who will be appearing in cities of Kerala State for 04, 05 and 06 August 2022 has been postponed and fresh dates for the exam will be announced later. The inclement weather in the state resulted in water levels of various rivers like Pampa, Manimala and Achankovil in Pathanamthitta district rising close to or crossing danger levels. In Thrissur, the fourth shutter of Peringalkuthu dam was opened leading to rising water levels of the Chalakudy river to dangerous levels prompting the district officials to ask people living on its banks to evacuate immediately. Even the shutters of Chimmini dam are expected to be raised further in view of the heavy rains in Thrissur district and as a result, the water in Kurumali river there which is already above warning levels is expected to rise further, officials said.

The News Minute 4 Aug 2022 6:50 pm

IMD withdraws red alert, rain claims 5 more lives

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert for 12 districts and yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.

The New Indian Express 4 Aug 2022 6:45 am

TDB, Revenue dept lock horns over freezing of devaswom accounts

The revenue department has frozen the bank accounts of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) at Karunagappally and Kollam inviting angry reaction from the temple administration.

The New Indian Express 4 Aug 2022 6:37 am

Brief respite from rains in Kerala, IMD withdraws red warning

Kerala Rains 2022 The IMD had issued a red warning in Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam for August 3, which was withdrawn the same day. PTI Image for Representation The red warning issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Kerala was withdrawn, and an orange warning was issued in 11 districts of the state on Wednesday, August 3. This indicates a probable decrease in the intensity of the rains hitting the southern state. The IMD, on Wednesday noon, withdrew the red warning and issued an orange one for the day in all the districts barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod, where yellow warnings have been issued. The red warning issued in the state for Thursday was withdrawn, while an orange warning was issued in 12 districts for Thursday, according to an IMD district rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 10 am. At 10 am on Wednesday, IMD had sounded a red warning in the districts of Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam for the day and an orange warning in the remaining districts. It had also issued red warnings in four districts and orange warnings in eight districts for August 4. Various weather models of the Central Meteorological Department, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, National Centers for Environmental Prediction and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, have predicted heavy rainfall in several districts of Kerala during the day. A red warning indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange warning means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow warning means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm. Meanwhile, the state government, in a release, said that 166 relief camps have been set up in various districts and 4,639 people have been relocated there from disaster-hit or disaster-prone areas. It also said that water in six dams Ponmudi, Lower Periyar, Kallarkutty, Erattayar and Kundala in Idukki and Moozhiyar in Pathanamthitta districts have reached red alert storage levels.The water in Idukki and Peringalkuthu dams have reached blue and yellow storage alert levels, respectively, it further said. Earlier in the day, state Revenue Minister K Rajan said that people should strictly avoid going to areas which are inundated or flooded as part of a growing trend of flood tourism and warned that police would be used to remove such persons. Speaking to reporters at Pathanamthitta, the minister said that there was a growing trend among people to visit areas which are flooded and try to enter the waters there or catch fish and the same should be avoided as it creates an additional burden on the authorities carrying out relief and rescue operations. He gave the example of an elephant being stranded for hours in the Chalakudy river on Tuesday morning, news reports of which led to a large number of people arriving at that place and creating a problem for the local authorities. Such activities in flooded areas would not be permitted at all and if necessary, police assistance would be sought to remove such persons, he said. As there was some decrease in the intensity of rains in certain parts of the state in the early morning hours on Wednesday, water levels in various major dams and reservoirs were holding steady or had risen only marginally at around 7 am, according to data received from various districts. The heavy rains led to six deaths one each in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts and three in Kannur district resulting in a total of 12 rain-related casualties in the state from July 31 to August 2, the Kerala State Emergency Operations Center (KSEOC) had said. Besides that, three people have also gone missing from various parts of the state during the day, it said.

The News Minute 3 Aug 2022 5:22 pm

Watch: Elephant stranded in gushing Kerala river makes it to safety

Kerala rains The elephant is said to have come to the Chalakudy river from the forest at night to eat, but got stranded as the water levels rose by nearly five metres. PTI Screengrab A wild elephant was found stranded in the middle of Chalakudy river in Keralas Thrissur for several hours on Tuesday, August 2, after heavy rainfall in the area during the night raised its water level by nearly five meters. Visuals show the elephant struggling to walk amid the gushing waters of the river, which almost came up to the pachyderms ears. After several hours of valiant attempts, the elephant managed to get to the safety of the forest on the other side. Forest officials monitoring the situation told media that the tusker will now be able to move into the forest safely, as the water currents close to the forest were comparatively slower. The tusker was stranded in the middle of the river on a small piece of land for several hours, as the river raged around the animal, which had stymied rescue attempts by fire force and forest officials gathered near Athirapally Falls. Subsequently, during its attempts to cross the river, the tusker got swept several meters downstream and managed to hang on to a broken tree in the middle of the river. Thereafter, it slowly managed to move closer to the other side of the river and then disappeared from view, raising hopes that it would soon reach the safety of the forest. Visuals also showed the tusker periodically dipping its trunk in the river to assess the water depth as it tried to move towards the other side. According to local residents, the elephant had come to the river from the forest looking for food in the night, but got stranded. Meanwhile, restrictions have been placed on entry of tourists to high ranges of Idukki and the Athirapally waterfalls in Thrissur, and tourist movement has been restricted to Ponmudi as well. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also issued a red alert in 10 districts of the state for August 3. The alert is issued in all the districts of the state except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, where Orange alerts have been issued for August 2 and 3, according to an IMD district rainfall forecast for the state. The department also warned of widespread and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kerala till Friday. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm. Watch the elephant get to safety from the river: Watch the valiant attempts of a tusker, who was stranded in the middle of Chalakudy river in Thrissur. The elephant managed to get to the safety of the forest on the other side after several hours. #KeralaRains pic.twitter.com/FYC1w6FJ2e azeefa (@AzeefaFathima) August 2, 2022

The News Minute 2 Aug 2022 5:16 pm

Foreign tourists rescued in Kerala after riverside resort is flooded

Kerala Rains Entry of tourists to high ranges of Idukki and to Athirapally waterfalls in Thrissur have been blocked. TNM Staff With heavy rains resulting in rise in river water level, a resort in Kodanad in Ernakulam district was flooded on Tuesday morning, trapping tourists who were staying there. The incident happened at around 5.30 in the morning. Foreign tourists and staff staying in the Elephant Pass resort near the Elephant Kraal in Kodanad, a popular tourist destination, were rescued after the incident. Two foreigners, a family from Kochi and resort staff were trapped in the resort after it was flooded. Fire force, police and revenue department officials were involved in the rescue. The rescued tourists were shifted to a nearby resort. Many tourists in Idukki, Wayanad and Alappuzha districts have moved out following reports of heavy rains, flash floods and landslides. Restrictions have been placed on entry of tourists to high ranges of Idukki and the Athirapally waterfalls in Thrissur district. Tourist movement has also been restricted to Ponmudi, a hill station in Idukki, which witnessed heavy rainfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also issued a Red alert in 10 districts for August 3. The red alert has been issued in all the districts of the state barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, where Orange alerts have been issued for August 2 and 3, an IMD district rainfall forecast for Kerala said at 10 AM on Tuesday. The department also warned of widespread and isolated heavy and very heavy rainfall in the state till August 5. As the heavy rains continued, the authorities have set up relief camps in various districts and tourist spots in high range areas of Idukki have been shut. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm. Payyavoor region of Kannur district experienced several landslides on Tuesday morning and Monday night. On Monday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that till August 1 six people died in rain-related incidents and one was missing. Meanwhile, the Central Water Commission has issued flood warnings in five rivers across the state. CWC warned of flooding in Pullakkayar in Kottayam, Maadaman, Kallooppara in Pathanamthitta, Vellaikadavu and Aruvippuram in Thiruvananthapuram.

The News Minute 2 Aug 2022 4:22 pm

Kerala rain updates: Red alert in 10 districts and across 7 dams

Weather Educational institutions in Kozhikode district will remain closed on August 3. TNM Staff As incessant rains continue to lash Kerala with reports of landslides and rising river water levels in some parts of the state, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red warning in 10 districts of the southern state for Tuesday. IMD also issued a Red alert in the same 10 districts for August 3 also. The red warning is issued in all the districts of the state barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, where Orange alerts have been issued for August 2 and 3, according to an IMD district rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 10 AM on Tuesday. The department also warned of widespread and isolated heavy and very heavy rainfall in the state till August 5. Rain updates from Kerala Twelve people have died in rain related incidents. A two-year-old child was washed away in gushing waters in Kannurs Nedumpuramchal region. The incident took place as residents were evacuating the area on Monday, August 1, after four landslides were reported from surrounding places. Read: Landslides in Kannur as heavy rains lash Kerala, two-year-old washed away Tourists including foreigners who were trapped in the Elephant Pass resort located in Kodanad of Ernakulam district were rescued. Educational institutions in Kozhikode district will remain closed on August 3. 77 relief camps have been started in the state and around 500 people have been moved already. Red alert in seven dams in Kerala- Lower Periyar, Ponmudy, Erattayar, Kundala, Peringalkuthu and Moozhiyar. Five rivers in the state are in spate- Pamba, Neyyar, Karamana, Manimalayar and Meenachal. Flood warnings have been given in Manimalayar, Neyyar and Karamana rivers. Fishing has been banned on all coasts and people living in landslide prone areas have been asked to move out when asked. Read: Kerala rains: At least eight dead as incessant downpour lashes state Equinoct, a climate tech startup, has written to state Chief Secretary and the State Disaster Management Authority requesting their immediate intervention in reservoir release scheduling to reduce the downstream impact. A similar situation had resulted in flooding of many areas in 2018. The letter urged the state government to convene an emergency meeting under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005. Equinoct highlighted the need for constituting a river basin level emergency team to assess the real-time conditions and preparation of integrated hourly reservoir release schedules.

The News Minute 2 Aug 2022 3:26 pm

Landslides in Kannur as heavy rains lash Kerala, two-year-old washed away

Weather Numa Taslin, daughter of a health care worker, was being moved to a safer location by her mother after landslides were reported in the area, when the accident took place. TNM Staff Screengrab/ManoramaNews | Trees uprooted during a landslide in Kannur As Kerala battles heavy downpours and flooding, a two-year-old child was washed away in gushing waters in Kannurs Nedumpuramchal region. The incident took place as residents were evacuating the area on Monday, August 1, after four landslides were reported from surrounding places. The mother of two-year-old Numa Taslin, who is a health worker, was carrying the child to safety when a tree branch hit the mothers hand, causing Numa to fall into the water. The mother sustained injuries but was immediately rescued by officials. However, Numas body was found only on Tuesday, August 2, almost 12 hours after she fell. Later, a landslide reportedly occurred at Nedupuramchal, and a large boulder rolled down into the colony where Numas family and others stayed. However, while people were evacuated from there, a man named Rajesh lost his life, while his father Chandran is missing under the debris. Search operations are underway. In Thrissur, the Chalakudy river water levels rose by nearly five metres at around 2 am on Tuesday due to heavy rains, leading to the district administration advising those living along the river's banks to move to safer places. With heavy rains lashing Kerala and landslides being reported in parts of Kannur, is being seen as a reminder of the unfortunate landslide in Malappurams Kavalappara in August 2019, when over 30 families were trapped under debris following a massive landslide. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red warning in 10 districts of the southern state for Tuesday. The red warning is issued in all the districts of the state barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, where orange warnings have been issued for August 2 and 3. The department also warned of widespread and isolated heavy and very heavy rainfall in the state till August 5. A red warning indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow warning means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm. Meanwhile, the authorities have set up seven relief camps in the state and around 100 people have been shifted to the camps. The camps are located at Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Thrissur and Wayanad, and there are two camps in Kottayam. A control room has also been set up by the Revenue department and can be contacted through 80785 48538. Other numbers have also been announced: Revenue Call Centre: 1800 425 5255 River Management Centre: 0471 2365559 Post Disaster Trauma Counselling Centre: 0471 2365559 Revenue Information Bureau: 83010 30882 (With PTI inputs)

The News Minute 2 Aug 2022 3:12 pm

Kerala rains: At least eight dead as incessant downpour lashes state

Rains On Tuesday morning, the body of a two-and-a-half-year-old child was found around 200 metres away from the house in Kannur, where one more death has been reported. TNM Staff pti As many as eight people have lost their lives and a few others are reported missing as per the latest update by the government as incessant rains continue to pound Kerala from Sunday, July 31. On Tuesday morning, the body of a two-and-a-half-year-old child was found around 200 metres away from the house in Kannur, where one more death has been reported. Four deaths have been reported from Pathanamthitta. Kollam and Kottayam districts have reported one death each, while four people have gone missing. Of the eight deaths, two have been reported in the last 24 hours. However, unofficial figures suggest that the death toll could be 10. On Monday, a 27-year-old man named Kingston from Tamil Nadu was injured after his boat overturned at Vizhinjam village in Thiruvananthapuram district and he died on the way to the hospital after he was brought to the shore. Three people died on Monday when their car fell into a ravine at Vennikulam village in Mallappalali taluk - Chandy Mathew, Seba Mathew and Blessy Chandy, the deceased are natives of Kumily. On Sunday evening, Kumaran (50) from Madurai, died after falling into the Kumbhavuruti waterfall at Aryankav village in Punalur taluk. One more person Advait, 22, died after being swept away by the flood in the Palakkava at Kollamula village. A person named Kannuparampil Rias, 45, has been washed away from Koutikal Chappath in Kanjirapalli taluk and is reported missing. A young man named Shakeel, a native of Pailur-Mutannoor, died on Sunday after his boat overturned during an excursion in the Tirur- Ponnani river in Mangalam village of Tirur taluk. In Kottayam, the body of a man who had gone missing a day ago was recovered on Tuesday morning from the Koottikkal Chappath area of the district, the emergency operations centre there said. Central Water Commission (CWC) Advisory The India Meteorological Department (IMD) as part of the Central Water Commission advisory has predicted extremely heavy rains in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram and very heavy rains in Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad and Thrissur districts for next 3 to 4 days. Alert for water level rise may be kept in Meenachil, Manimala, Pamba, Thodupuzha, Muvattupuzha, Periyar, Achankovil, Kallada, Vamanapuram, their tributaries and other small rivers of above said districts, the IMD stated. Increased inflow is expected into Idukki and Edamalayar dams. Water levels of Kalady, Marthandavarma stations are above the respective flood warning levels. The CWC report has warned of severe flood situation in Periyar and Pamba on August 4. In Thrissur, the Chalakudy river water levels rose by nearly 5 metres around 2 am on Tuesday due to the heavy rains leading to the district administration advising those living on the low-lying areas of the river's banks to move to safer places. Agriculture Control Rooms The Department of Agriculture has opened control rooms at the state and district levels. The Agriculture Minister informed that the Agriculture Department has opened control rooms at the state and district levels for reporting agricultural damage and disaster mitigation as heavy rains and natural calamities are expected in the state in the next few days. Farmers can contact the following numbers to report information: State Level Control Center 9495931216 District level control centres Thiruvananthapuram - 9383470086, 9383470092; Kollam - 9447104855, 7907935033; Pathanamthitta - 9495734107, 9495606930; Kottayam - 9383470704, 9383470714; Alappuzha - 9496117012, 9447400212; Ernakulam- 9383471150, 9383471180; Thrissur - 9446035934, 9447614652; Palakkad- 9447359453, 9447839399; Malappuram- 9446474275, 9895335298; Kozhikode- 9383471784, 9383471779; Idukki - 9447124455, 9447447705; Wayanad- 9446367312, 9383471912; Kannur- 9383472028, 9495326950; Kasaragod - 9383471969, 9447089766 Red warning in 10 districts As incessant rains continue to lash Kerala with reports of landslides and rising river water levels in some parts of the state, the IMD issued red warning in 10 districts of the southern state for Tuesday. IMD also issued a red warning in the same 10 districts for August 3 also. The red warning is issued in all the districts of the state barring Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kasaragod, where orange warning has been issued for August 2 and 3, according to an IMD district rainfall forecast issued for Kerala at 10 am on Tuesday. A red warning indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange warning means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow warning means heavy rainfall between 6 and 11 cm. The department also warned of widespread and isolated heavy and very heavy rainfall in the state till August 5. As the heavy rains continued, the authorities have set up relief camps in various districts and tourist spots in high range areas of Idukki have been closed down. Shutters of dams have been opened across the state. Rain activity has shifted from southern districts to the northern as Tuesday saw central and northern districts getting heavy rain. Educational institutions in several districts have been given a holiday for Tuesday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said the rule curve at all the dams are under constant monitoring and the authorities concerned will be taking the appropriate decisions and at the moment things are under control. State Revenue Minister K Rajan said control rooms at all the district headquarters of the state are functioning. A total of 49 relief camps have been opened in the state, and as many as 289 families and 922 people are housed in the camps.

The News Minute 2 Aug 2022 1:05 pm

Five dead as heavy rain causes chaos, red alert sounded in seven Kerala districts

TPuram, Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam, Pthitta, Alappuzha & Ernakulam may get over 200mm of rainfall in 24 hours. There may be crisis if this happens for 4 consecutive days, warns CM

The New Indian Express 2 Aug 2022 6:55 am

Devotees told to postpone visit to Kukke Temple

District minister V Sunil Kumar said that Subrahmanya, Kalmakaru, Kollamogru, Harihara, Balugodu and surrounding villages in the district have been witnessing heavy rainfall. Hence, as a precautionary measure, teams of State Disaster Management Force (SDRF) and the Central DRF have been sent to those villages.

The Times of India 1 Aug 2022 9:29 pm

Red alert in seven districts of Kerala as heavy rains lash state; CM advises caution

Strong winds are expected to hit the state, especially the coastal areas of Kollam, Kayamkulam and parts of Kochi, in the coming days and as a result, even Vizhinjam port is expected to be affected.

The New Indian Express 1 Aug 2022 7:31 pm

Heavy rains lash parts of Kerala, orange warning in seven districts

Weather Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that those in hilly areas should be cautious and as a precautionary measure they should be shifted to relief camps as soon as rains start. TNM Staff Image for Representation | PTI Kerala has been witnessing heavy rains since Sunday night, July 31, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also predicted that heavy to very heavy rainfall in many places in Kerala from August 2 to August 4. The IMD has issued an orange warning for seven districts and a yellow warning for six districts on August 1. Due to the incessant rains, a landslide was reported at the 22nd bend of Kallar-Ponmudi road during the late hours of Friday night. However, there were no casualties. On August 1, orange warning has been issued in seven districts Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki; and yellow warning in six districts Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Kannur. On August 2, orange warning has been issued for eight districts Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur; and yellow warning in six districts Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode,Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod. On August 3, there is an orange warning in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad; yellow warning in two districts Kannur and Kasargod. On August 4, IMD has issued a orange warning in 12 districts Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam,Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod; and yellow warning in two districts Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has also asked the residents from the areas affected by landslides and floods in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, and local bodies and government agencies from the areas identified by Geological Survey of India and expert committee of SDMA as hazard prone areas or uninhabitable areas, should be ready with disaster preparedness. One person has died and another got injured, both hailing from Tamil Nadu, after being swept away in a flash flood at Kumbhavurutty Falls a popular tourist attraction due to the heavy rainfall in the surrounding forest area. A senior forest official of the area said that as soon as they noticed the rainfall and change in water level they asked everyone to move out of the waterfalls but five people could not quickly move away to safety. Forest officials managed to rescue three of them but two got swept away with one of them hitting his head on the rocks at the bottom of the falls, the official said. The two who got swept away had suffered injuries and were rescued, but one of them died later in the hospital, he said. The forest official said that as a result of the incident, the tourist spot has been closed down till some security measures, like a safety net perhaps, are put in place to prevent anyone from being swept away or losing their balance and falling to the bottom of the falls. Apart from this, three persons died in Pathanamthitta on Monday. A car while overtaking a bus lost control and fell into a canal overflowing due to the rains. While two people were brought dead to the hospital, a third person died later. Meanwhile, the rains in parts of Kottayam district flooded eight houses in Kanjirappally taluk and also caused a landslide in Munnilav village in Meenachil taluk, the district officials said. The water level of Meenachil river at Cherippad station also crossed the warning level due to heavy rainfall in the region since afternoon, officials said. Functioning of Kerala High Court was also affected briefly for 45 minutes on Monday as the proceedings started at 11 am instead of the scheduled 10.15 am owing to heavy downpour. In view of the orange warnings issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the coming week, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Sunday, said that those in hilly areas should be cautious and as a precautionary measure they should be shifted to relief camps as soon as rains start. The Chief Minister, in a Facebook post, also said that the district and taluk control rooms should be on warning 24X7, police and fire brigades should be ready for action and steps should be taken to prevent potential accidents due to trees, hoardings or posts being dislodged by strong winds. He further said camps should also be set up in coastal areas and fishermen should not be allowed to go to sea. Besides that, power houses and important institutions in low-lying areas which could get inundated due to the rains should take precautionary measures, water level in dams be monitored closely and the situation communicated to the district and state disaster management authorities in time, Pinarayi said in his post. He said people should be careful as, in the coming days, the rains were likely to intensify. (With PTI and IANS inputs)

The News Minute 1 Aug 2022 1:10 pm

Tamil Nadu tourist dead in flash flood at Kollam falls

A tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed and another injured in a flash flood following heavy rain at Kumbhavurutty waterfalls, a major tourist hotspot on the Achankovil-Sengottai road in Kollam.

The New Indian Express 1 Aug 2022 10:33 am

Tourist dies in flash floods at Kerala waterfall, another injured

Floods The two men were rescued by forest officials after they were swept away in the falls, however, they succumbed on the way to the hospital. PTI Kumbhavurutty Falls | WikimediaCommons/ Santhosh Sellathurai Two people hailing from Tamil Nadu, who had visited the popular Kumbhavurutty Falls in Keralas Kollam district, were injured after flash floods hit the region due to rains on Sunday, July 31. One of the two succumbed to severe injuries, while the other is still undergoing treatment. Heavy rains have begun to lash parts of the state, with authorities on alert. A senior forest official of the area said that as soon as they noticed the rainfall and change in water level on Sunday, the public was asked to move out of the waterfalls. However, five people were unable to escape in time. Forest officials managed to rescue three of them. However, the two men hailing from Tamil Nadu were swept away. One of them hit his head on the rocks at the bottom of the falls, according to officials. The two were later rescued, but the man succumbed to severe injuries on the way, officials added. The forest official said that as a result of the incident, the waterfalls have been closed down till security measures like safety nets are put in place at the falls, especially as heavy to extremely heavy rains are expected across the state. The falls are primarily frequented by people from the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, the rains in parts of Kottayam district flooded eight houses in Kanjirappally taluk and also caused a landslide in Munnilav village in Meenachil taluk, the district officials said. The water level of Meenachil river at Cherippad station also crossed the warning level due to heavy rainfall in the region since afternoon, officials said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in Kerala till August 4 with orange warnings being issued in various districts over the coming week. The rains are likely caused by a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal, the IMD said. In view of this, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday, July 31, said those in hilly areas should be cautious and as a precautionary measure they should be shifted to relief camps as soon as rains begin. The Chief Minister, in a Facebook post, also said an order will be issued prohibiting vehicular traffic to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats from 7 pm to 7 am. Further, district and taluk control rooms should be on alert 24X7, police and fire brigades should be ready for action and steps should be taken to prevent potential accidents due to trees, hoardings or posts being dislodged by strong winds. He further said camps should also be set up in coastal areas and fishermen should not be allowed to go to sea. Besides that, power houses and important institutions in low-lying areas which could get inundated due to the rains should take precautionary measures, water level in dams be monitored closely and the situation communicated to the district and state disaster management authorities in time, Vijayan said in his post. He said people should be careful as, in the coming days, the rains are likely to intensify. On Monday, August 1, the IMD put in place an orange warning in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts. On Tuesday, August 2, orange warning is in place in these districts as well, along with Thrissur. The rains are likely to spread as these eight districts, along with Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad, are under an orange warning on August 3. On August 4, an orange warning has been issued for 12 districts including Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm. Read: Kerala to see heavy rains over next four days, IMD issues orange warning

The News Minute 1 Aug 2022 9:12 am

Young man dies in Keralas Thrissur, initial test suggests he had monkeypox

Monkeypox Health Minister Veena George told TNM that the patient did not have any rashes on his body, and the doctors hence saw no reason to suspect that he was suffering from a monkeypox infection. TNM Staff Photo | PTI Indias first suspected death due to monkeypox has been reported from Thrissur in Kerala, after a 22-year-old man who returned from the UAE died on July 30, Saturday. The young man, who had returned to Kerala on July 21, was admitted to a private hospital on July 27 after he developed encephalitis and fever, besides which his lymph nodes were swollen. However, Kerala Health Minister Veena George told TNM that the patient did not have any rashes on his body, and the doctors hence saw no reason to suspect that he was suffering from a monkeypox infection. It was revealed only after his death that he had tested positive for the monkeypox virus in Ras Al-Khaimah on July 19, just before his return to Kerala, the minister said. His samples have now been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha for confirmation, she added. Veena said that there will be a proper inquiry to know what led to the death of the man, considering the fatality rate is very low in monkeypox cases. She also said that there will be an inquiry over why there was a delay in sharing the test results from the UAE with the authorities. This particular variant of monkeypox is not highly virulent or contagious like COVID-19, but it does spread. Comparatively, the mortality rate of this variant is low. Therefore, we will examine why the 22-year-old man died in this particular case as he had no other illness or health problems, the minister told the media. Since this variant of monkeypox does spread, all necessary measures have been taken to prevent the same, the minister said. She added that there were no studies available about this particular variant from other countries where the disease has been detected, and Kerala was therefore carrying out a study into it. Monkeypox symptoms usually last for two to four weeks. According to the World Health Organisation, the case-fatality ratio associated with the virus stands at around 3-6%. In India, the first lab-confirmed case of monkeypox was reported in a 35-year-old Kollam native more than two weeks ago, soon after he returned from the UAE. He had been undergoing treatment at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital, and was discharged from the hospital on Saturday after testing negative for the virus. Besides the deceased Thrissur patient, four confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in India, among which three are from Kerala and one from Delhi. The two other patients from Kerala are also under observation, and their health condition is said to be satisfactory. After 2003, monkeypox outbreaks had started to be reported again from 2018 in countries including the United States, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. But this year on, the virus has begun to make an appearance in many non-endemic countries as well.

The News Minute 31 Jul 2022 5:34 pm

Kerala to see heavy rains over next four days, IMD issues orange warning

Weather An orange warning has been issued in eight districts for August 2, 12 for August 3 and 12 on August 4, the IMD said. TNM Staff Image for representation/ PTI Even as parts of Kerala are reeling from heavy rains in the past few weeks, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy showers across the state. The rains are predicted for four days starting from Sunday, July 31, till Thursday, August 4. In light of this, the IMD has issued a series of weather warnings. For Sunday, the IMD has sounded a yellow warning in 10 districts Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram. On Monday, August 1, the IMD put in place an orange warning in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts. On Tuesday, August 2, orange warning is in place in these districts as well, along with Thrissur. The rains are likely to spread as these eight districts, along with Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad, are under an orange warning on August 3. On August 4, an orange warning has been issued for 12 districts including Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur. A warning cautioning fishermen not to enter the sea is also in place till August 3. As per the IMDs weather bulletin, the rains are a result of cyclonic circulation over south-central Bay of Bengal, causing rains across southern states. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has advised those staying on riverbanks and in hilly and coastal areas to remain vigilant. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm. Earlier in July, heavy rains had lashed parts of the state, and between July 3 and 7, as many as six people lost their lives due to rain-related incidents.

The News Minute 31 Jul 2022 2:29 pm

Indias first monkeypox patient recovers in Kerala

Monkeypox The patient, who was being treated at the Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram, has recovered from the disease, state Health Minister Veena George said on Saturday. PTI A Kerala man, who was India's first monkeypox patient and was being treated at the Government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram, has recovered from the disease, state Health Minister Veena George said on Saturday, July 30. The 35-year old, hailing from Kollam, would be discharged later in the day, she said. As it was the first case of monkeypox in the country, tests were conducted twice at an interval of 72 hours as per the instructions of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), she said. All samples were negative twice. The patient is physically and mentally healthy. The skin bumps are completely cured. He will be discharged today, Veena said. The minister also said the test results of his family members, who were in the primary contact list with him, are also negative. At present, the health condition of two other persons, who had also tested positive for the infection, remains satisfactory, the minister said, adding prevention and surveillance measures would be continued with the same vigour. The Kollam native, who had returned to Kerala from abroad and was hospitalised after showing symptoms of monkeypox, tested positive for the disease on July 14. According to WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals), with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. With the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and subsequent cessation of smallpox vaccination, monkeypox has emerged as the most important orthopoxvirus for public health. Watch: Why custodial deaths keep happening in India

The News Minute 30 Jul 2022 4:38 pm

First monkeypox patient recovers in Kerala: Health Minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The country's first-ever case of monkeypox in Kerala patient, who has fully recovered and will be released later in the day, Kerala's Health Minister Veena George stated on Saturday. The 35-year-old Kerala native reached in the state from the UAE on July 12 and had tested positive for the virus two days later. He was sent to a hospital in Kollam when the symptoms first appeared, and from there, he was shifted to the Trivandrum Medical College Hospital where he was kept under monitoring. All of the samples have now tested negative twice, and the patient has entirely recovered and is doing good, said the health minister. The entire treatment protocol was developed by the National Institute of Virology, Pune, and samples was taken and analysed at frequent intervals, she added. Initial concerns were raised over the infected man's close contact with his parents after his arrival, as well as 11 other passengers who had travelled with him. To ease concerns, health authorities ensured that all contacts were carefully monitored. A task force on monkeypox is apparently being set up in India to advise the government on the expansion of diagnostic resources and investigate new developments in the field of monkeypox vaccine. The National Aids Control Organization and Directorate General of Health Services have been urged to develop a sensitive and focused communication plan to encourage prompt reporting, case detection, and case management. Monkeypox, a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans), has symptoms resembling those once experienced by people with smallpox, though it is clinically less severe, according to the WHO. Monkeypox has replaced smallpox as the most significant orthopox virus for public health since smallpox was eradicated in 1980 and subsequent smallpox vaccinations were discontinued. Ms. George said that two further Middle Eastern-born positive cases in the state were doing well and recovering steadily. Now first monkeypox-related death confirm in Brazil Panic among people over Monkeypox in Delhi-NCR, crowd reaching hospital for check-up San Francisco announces states Emergency Over Monkeypox Spread

News Track 30 Jul 2022 3:01 pm

6k left CPM in Kerala, joined CPI in past one year

CPI also increased its membership by around 11,000 in the past one year, adding the highest number of workers in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Thrissur districts, party sources said.

The New Indian Express 30 Jul 2022 6:57 am

Kerala Police files case after girl allegedly asked to remove innerwear before entering NEET test centre in Kollam

Kerala police on Tuesday registered a case in connection with an alleged incident in which a student was asked to remove her innerwear before appearing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in the state's Kollam district.

The Times of India 19 Jul 2022 3:25 pm

NEET exam: Students asked to remove innerwear in Kerala

The state government has decided to register its protest for removing the innerwear of students who had come to write the NEET examination in Kollam district of Kerala.

The Times of India 18 Jul 2022 6:33 pm

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