Thiruvananthapuram, September 17: Kerala was lashed by heavy rain on Sunday that caused widespread damage, landslip, waterlogging in many parts of the state. The heavy rain in the state force the state government to shut schools and colleges on Monday. “Due to heavy rains across the state, educational institutions shall remain closed for tomorrow,” tweeted the Chief Minister Office of Kerala.

Also, an eight-year-old died in Palakkad after she fell into a pit filled with water, reported Hindustan Times.

The continuous rain today paved way for a landslip in the tribal hamlet of Attappady and the areas nearby in Palakkad district, however, no one was injured, said officials. The rail traffic was partially affected on the Kottayam-Thiruvananthapuram route as earth caved in and onto the track due to heavy rains. For the next two days, few parts of Kerala are expected to receive heavy rainfall, said the officials of India Meteorological Department.

Fishermen have been warned about strong winds blowing from a southwesterly direction with an occasional speed of 45-55 kmph along the Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area during the next 24 hours. Taliparamba in Kannur district received 6 cm rain while Vythiri in Wayanad district recorded 5 cm rain, meteorological department sources said adding thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds was likely to hit Thiruvananthapuram district.

As per authorities, many parts of Palakkad, for the past three days, are witnessing heavy rains and widespread destruction and agricultural crop loss have been reported in the interior areas. Besides this, houses have been severely damaged. The traffic of Kochi was paralysed due to waterlogging.

The places where the hydel projects are installed received lower rainfall during the period which is -28 per cent in Idukki district, 55 per cent in Wayanad and 31 per cent in Thiruvananthapuram.