Alappuzha: With heavy rain lashing Kerala for the past two days, the Kerala tourism department has decided to postpone the Nehru trophy boat race, which was scheduled to be held on Punnamada lake on August 11.
In a press note, the department said on Thursday that the water level in the lake will rise substantially following torrential rain and floods, and this will affect the boat race, which signifies the beginning of Onam season in Kerala.
Several people were killed in rain-related incidents and widespread damage was reported from across the state. One shutter of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir was opened as the water level inched towards its full capacity.
Fresh dates for the four-day event will be announced soon after the water level in Punnamada lake subsides, the note said.
Around 78 boats, including 25 snake boats, will be taking part in the 66th edition of the Nehru trophy boat race.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was expected to be the chief guest for Nehru trophy boat race 2018.
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