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In Pathanamthitta, floodwaters are flowing in low-lying areas due to heavy rains. (ANI Photo)

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Thrissur: Amid heavy rains in various parts of the southern state of Kerala, authorities on Friday rescued three pregnant women who were trapped in a forest during heavy rains.

The women were stranded in the middle of the forest during the heavy rains and were later safely shifted to the colony with the help of the forest department and the police.

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One in three women give birth in the forest after refusing to go to hospital. The new mother and baby are safe. The other two expectant mothers are six and seven months pregnant.

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A team led by the District Medical Officer sedated the trio and later shifted them to the Chalkudy Taluk Hospital. The team rescued them using a flatboat and embarked on an adventure of two kilometers across the Peringalkuth Reservoir.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George took note of the incident and congratulated the team that saved the pregnant women.

Earlier, in the wake of heavy rains, the Kerala State Water Authority on Friday opened four shutters of the Malampuzha dam and also issued an alert for those living on the banks of the Mukkaipuzha, Kalpathipuzha and Bharatapuzha rivers.

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The capacity of the dam is 112.99 meters as per curve rule. At present the situation is not alarming but in view of the heavy rain the shutters were opened and raised up to 5 cm.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains in Kerala from August 4 to 8 and has warned that the state can expect isolated very heavy rains in its ghat regions.

Water levels in all major rivers in Kottayam and Pathanamthitta are rising rapidly and people are being shifted to relief camps.

Over 2,000 people are in relief camps across the state. So far six people have died due to heavy rains in Kerala. Earlier on August 4, the shutters of the Sholayar and Peringalkuthu dams were raised and the Chalkudy river surged.

As the flow of water is likely to increase till evening, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has appealed to the people living on the banks of Chalkudi river to leave their houses. He said people living in low-lying areas of Thrissur and Ernakulam districts should be cautious.

A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in Idukki district on Friday due to rain. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in areas prone to landslides and floods in the state, and air and naval forces have been kept on alert.

In early July, Kannur and Kasargod districts received heavy rains and the rivers of Kasargod were overflowing.

Also Read: Kerala: Red alert in 8 districts as rain disrupts normal life

Many houses collapsed and partially damaged in Kannur due to ingress of rainwater. A family had to be evacuated from Paynur municipality due to overflow.

The water level of Kadalundi (Malapuram), Bharatpuzha (Palakkad), Shiriya (Kasargod), Karavannur (Thrissur) and Gayathripuzha (Thrissur) rivers have reached danger level.

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