Assembly Elections 2019: Voting in Kerala takes hit as heavy rains lash state, polling stations submerged
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Heavy rains affected several parts of Kerela on Monday and disrupted by-election held across five constituencies, including Ernakulam, i.e., was affected the most as IMD issued an orange alert for 12 districts and warned of more heavy rains.
The movement of trains and vehicles in low-lying areas were affected the most. The state government has put the rescue team on alert in Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kollam to deal with the downpour.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged people to listen to the instructions regarding evacuation and sheltering from the official's people and remain cautious as downpour is likely to increase across most parts of the state.
As far as elections are concerned, the worst affected constituencies were Ernakulam and Kasaragod with 29.5 per cent and 35.65 per cent voter turnout till 12 pm. In Manjeshwar and Vattiyoorkavu the voter turnout were also below 40 per cent.
Kerela's Chief Electoral Officer, Tika Ram Meena has said that A few polling stations have been shifted from ground floor to the first floor in Ernakulum. Around 500 officials have made the arrangements. Arrangements have been made to transport voters to the polling stations in some places.
A 78-year-old nun arrived at a flooding station in Ernakulum. The nun said that she has never missed the opportunity to cast her vote.
Most of the areas in Kochi, including Ernakulum South, Ayyappankavu and Panambilli Nagar were waterlogged. At least three camps have been opened by the rescue officials in Ernakulum to relocate people affected from rains.
Train services in Ernakulum were affected the most due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging. Many people were left stranded at the railway stations of 'Ernakumum Junction' and 'Ernakulum Town stations'. The services will resume only after the water recedes.
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