Thiruvananthapuram: Though the south-west monsoon has been weak over Kerala, rains occurred at most places in the state and Lakshadweep on Saturday, weather officials said.
Several houses and an All India Radio tower were damaged in the heavy rains in Thiruvananthapuram, district authorities said.
The monsoon that set over Kerala on June 8 is gathering force with rains expected to become progressively heavier until next Wednesday, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
While Vaikom received 9 cm rainfall, Kanjirappally, in Kottayam district, received 8 cm rainfall on Saturday, according to an IMD bulletin.
Kudlu received 6 cm, Alapuzha 5 cm, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Munnar and Thiruvananthapuram city recorded 3 cm rainfall, it added.
It said rain and thundershowers are most likely to occur at most places in Kerala and Lakshadweep in the next five days.
The met department has warned of strong winds with the speed of 55 km/hr and heavy rains across the state in the next 24 hours.
There were heavy rains in Kerala on Friday night on account of the southwest monsoon which arrived a week late than usual in the state.
AIR tower collapses
Strong winds uprooted more than 50 trees and caused damage to vehicles and other properties in the state capital.
A 122-metre tall 20 KW medium wave transmitter tower of the All India Radio (AIR) collapsed in the strong winds, leading to suspension of radio services.
Officials said that it will take at least three months for the tower to be repaired and services be restored. Reports said that this was for the first in the history of the radio service that the service has been disrupted.
A new tower would be erected and efforts are on to immediately start the MW transmission, R.C. Gopal, AIR station director, said.
Meanwhile, more than 40 relief camps have been opened, mostly in Alappuzha, Kollam and Pathanamthitta district, in anticipation of the inclement weather and the damage it might cause.
The fishermen have been asked to be careful while venturing out in the sea. District collectors have been asked to take all the precautionary measures by the disaster management authority.
While it got strengthened in Kerala, the monsoon further advanced into remaining parts of Rayalaseema and Bay of Bengal, most parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and some parts of Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar, said an IMD statement.
It said conditions are favourable for further advancement of the southwest monsoon, over the next two to three days, into the remaining parts of central Arabian Sea, entire Konkan, Goa, some parts of central Maharashtra, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and East Madhya Pradesh, remaining parts of North interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal, entire Telangana and some more parts of Jharkhand and Bihar.
(With agency inputs)