Heavy rains lash central, south Kerala

One woman was killed in a landslip caused heavy rains lashing the central and southern districts of Kerala.

Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 16:40 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: One woman was killed in a landslip caused heavy rains lashing the central and southern districts of Kerala while the downpour and flooding caused sevre hardship to pilgrims flocking to the Sabarimala hillshrine of Lord Ayyappa since Sunday evening.

Nabeesa Beevi(75) was buried under the rubbles of her home borught down by landslip at the upland Konni in Pathanamthitta district last night, police sources said.

Hundreds of pilgrims travelling to Sabarimala through different routes faced grim difficulties due to traffic disruptions at various places since last evening.

With torrential rains indundating rivers and canals, over
500 pilgrims were last night stranded at Erumily in ottayam
district, a major entry point for trekking to the forest shrine.

However, sitation eased this morning following a let up in the conditon and devotees had begun their onward journey, temple adminsitration sources said.

Since the river Pampa was full of water, pilgrims had been cautioned to take due care while taking bath.
Holiday had been declared for schools in parts of Pathanamthitta district in view of the hardship caused by the downpour in the area.

Minor landslips and traffice disruptions were reported from the hilly parts of Thiruvananthapuram district also.
According to Indian Mateorological Department here, the rains would continue for the next few days under the influence of a low pressure over east central and adjoining north east Arabian sea and other allied factors providing ideal conditions for rainfall in the area.

PTI