Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 11: The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rose to 13 after heavy rains claimed four more lives on Sunday. Several parts of the state have been witnessing heavy rainfall since the onset of monsoon. According to Skymet, a private weather forecast agency, heavy to very heavy rains are expected over few places of Kerala on Monday as well.

The four deaths on Sunday were reported from Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts. Most of the deaths in Kerala happened due to drowning in swollen rivers and after trees fell on them. In the state capital, a man was electrocuted to death when he came in contact with a power line that snapped in gusty winds at nearby Neyyatinkara, while another died in a tree fall.

As the Met department warned of strong winds along and off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep islands in the next 24 hours and asked fishermen not to venture into sea, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked officials to be alert and take utmost care. “People living in hilly taluks need to be extra careful. Government has taken necessary precautions to meet any exigency. Control rooms have been opened across the state,” he tweeted.

According to revenue authorities, nine people died in rain-related incidents in Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod in the last two days. The rain also caused major damage to crops and property in Idukki, Kozhikode, and Kannur districts. Traffic was disrupted in the high range Idukki district following landslips and after trees fell on roads, they said.

The Met department said strong winds with a speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, are likely along and off Kerala coasts and over Lakshadweep areas in the next 24 hours. Fishermen were asked not to venture into the Arabian Sea as it would be rough to very rough during the period. (With agency inputs)