At 10 am, Manjeswaram seat stood ahead with 13% polling, followed by 12% in Aroor, and 11.5% in Vattiyoorkavu and Konni. Ernakulam, a largely urban constituency, stood last with just 4.5% voting in three hours.
Heavy rainfall warning has been issued for Kerala and Lakshadweep in the next five days. Fishermen have been warned not to put out to sea as squally weather with wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely to prevail over Kerala coast.
Soil piping, a process through which water erodes beneath the ground surface and leading to underground tunnels which can enlarge over a period of time, has been cited in recent weeks as a potential threat to hillocks in Kerala.
Disruption in electricity supply has also hindered the polling process. The situation is particularly serious in Ernakulam constituency in Kochi where narrow lanes leading to the polling booths are underwater.
One of the worst affected areas in Kerala is the district of Idukki. The Indian Express's Arun Janardhanan reported on how the floods damaged his hometown and aerial footage reveals the extent of damage. The death toll in the state is now above 300.
In this edition of Idea Exchange, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan addresses questions by reporters on climate change and weather prediction.
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