Extremely heavy rains predicted in Kerala, Red, Orange alerts issued


Thiruvananthapuram, September 19

Extremely heavy rains have been forecast in Kerala’s Idukki, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Saturday and Sunday, prompting the IMD to sound a ‘crimson alert’ and authorities to take precautionary steps to shift individuals staying in catastrophe susceptible areas to safer locations.

According to the India Meteorological Department, a low stress space is more likely to develop over the North East Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood round September 20 and beneath its affect widespread rains with remoted heavy to very heavy falls are doubtless over Kerala throughout September19-21.

Several elements of the state have been receiving heavy rains previously few days.

Vadakara in Kozhikode obtained 10 cm rain, whereas Hosdurg (kasaragod) recorded 9 cm and Taliparambu in Kannur and Kudulu in Kasaragod obtained 7 cm every as per the climate report this morning.

An orange alert (a warning indicating heavy to very heavy rain) has been issued for eight districts on Saturday and 6 on Sunday.

In view of the alerts, the Navy, the Indian Air Force helicopters, Police, Fire Force, are all able to swing into motion in case of any emergency requests, in accordance with sources.

In districts the place the Red and Orange alerts have been issued, individuals dwelling in catastrophe susceptible areas can be shifted to camps as a precautionary measure.

During night time, because the rains are more likely to intensify, individuals in areas susceptible to landslides and mudslides can be shifted to a safer place through the day time itself as a precautionary measure.

Night journey in hilly areas from 7 pm to 7 am has been banned, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority stated.

Fishermen have been warned to not put out to sea as robust winds with velocity reaching 45-55 kmph is more likely to prevail alongside and off Kerala, Karnataka Coasts and over Lakshadweep space.

A landslide triggered by heavy rains within the hilly district of Idukki on August 7 had flattened a row of dwelling items of tea property workersat Pettimudi in Rajamalai claiming 66 lives. — PTI



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