Rain continues to lash Kerala, 3 killed

Thiruvananthapuram: Three were killed in rain-related incidents in Kerala yesterday, even as downpour continued for the third day in the State.

According to a media report, early morning yesterday, a man and woman in their 60s were killed when they came into contact with snapped live power cable on a water-logged road at Pettah in the city. In a separate incident, a tree uprooted and fell on a lottery worker riding his two-wheeler and on a car in Kochi. While the motorist was killed, the two occupants of the car were injured.

A depression in the Arabian sea intensified into a deep depression causing rain, said the India Meteorological Department yesterday.

The depression is said to have moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 15 kmph  and intensified into a deep depression and is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm, said IMD.

According to the weather department, the system lay centred at about 250 km northwest of Amindivi in Lakshadweep as of 11.30 am yesterday. Wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph was very likely to prevail over along the coast of Kerala and Karnataka, it added.

The fishermen have been warned not to venture into sea for next two days as it was likely to be rough.

According to Met department Alappuzha recorded 7 cm rainfall, Agathi (Lakshadweep) 6 cm, Neyyattinkara and Varkala (both in Thiruvananthapuram district), Cherthala & Mancompu (both in Alappuzha district) 4 each, Thiruvananthapuram City and Ernakulam South recorded 3 cm each.