Kerala heaves sigh of relief as Monsoon lessens its fury
Thiruvananthapuram, July 7 (UNI) Kerala heaved a sigh of relief today as the South West monsoon, which played havoc for the past two weeks killing 109 people and forcing thousands to relief camps and damaging standing crops and houses, lessened its fury.
Meanwhile, no deaths or any other calamities were reported today.
Local met office said the monsoon was weak over the state with the highest rainfall of three cm recorded at Kochi, Perumbavur, Piravam and Paravur.
Kannur, Karipur airport, Alwaye, Chalakudy, Kozhikode and Kozha received two cm rainfall.
It said rain was likely at a few places in Kerala and at isolated places in Lakshwadeep. It also warned of strong westerly winds with a speed of 45/55 kmph along the coast of Kerala and Lakshwadeep.
However, the people living in the coastal areas are still under the threat of soil erosion as the sea continued to be rough.
After the monsoon hit the Kerala coast, a total of 250 houses were completely destroyed and about 21,000 houses were damaged. The agricultural loss was estimated at about Rs 46 crore.
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