Thiruvanthapuram: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the recent heavy rain that has plagued Kerala is expected to last through Thursday in the state’s northern and central regions.
On July 10, 12, and 13, isolated areas of Kerala should expect heavy rain. The Met department has issued a yellow alert for the districts of Ernakulam, Kannur, and Kasaragod for Monday. Fishing has also been banned along the shores of Karnataka, Lakshdweep, and Kerala.
All educational institutions, including professional colleges in a few locations in Kottayam, Kuttanad, and Thiruvalla will remain closed on Monday. In the meantime, holidays have been declared solely for the schools that have been transformed into improvised relief camps in a few locations in Changanassery and Vaikom in the Kottayam district. Similar to this, schools serving as relief camps in the Pathanamthitta district would also remain closed on Monday.
According to the IMD, the rains that fell in several areas of India during the first eight days of July have made up for the country’s overall rainfall deficit. The total amount of rain that has fallen throughout the monsoon season is 243.2 mm, which is 2% more than the average of 239.1 mm.
Meanwhile, 113 people lost their lives when diseases spread throughout the state during this rainy season. The main killers include the common flu, dengue, rat fever, H1N1, and Zika. During this rainy season, 3,80,186 persons sought medical attention for infectious diseases. Rat fever is largely to blame for these.
In 37 days, 54 individuals died as a result of dengue. This covers the total from June 1st until today. 65 people have died from dengue fever so far this year. Because these deaths occurred within a short span, health professionals are worried. Dengue fever has become more prevalent as a result of inadequate dry days, pre-monsoon sanitation, and mosquito breeding prevention measures.
Rat fever and H1N1 are two additional threats prevalent during the rainy season. During this time, rat fever claimed the lives of 34 people. 91 people have died in this manner so far this year. The statistics show that this year will see more rat fever cases and fatalities than last year. The failure in waste disposal has set the stage for rat fever. 16 people lost their lives due to H1N1 this monsoon and five due to Zika.