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Heavy rains inundate Kerala on bypoll day; power supply, railway services hit

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.

Heavy rains have hit Kerala on a day when the state is holding bypolls in five of its constituencies. The active northeast monsoon, propelled by a low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea, has ensured heavy showers across Kerala.

While services of the Kochi Metro and operations at the Cochin International Airport in Nedumbassery continue uninterrupted, major roads in the city are underwater, with traffic-clogged at many places.

A number of places including the MG Road are inundated.

Reports in the local media from different parts of the state on Monday morning indicated that several polling booths in constituencies like Ernakulam, Aroor and Konni are being swallowed by floodwaters.

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.

Railway traffic has also come to a temporary stop after the tracks at the Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam South railway stations came under rainwater.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued code orange rain alerts in six districts – Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Wayanad, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall.

Six other districts and Lakshwadeep islands have been issued code yellow alerts. Seven districts have been issued code orange alerts on Tuesday as well.