Heavy rain again in Kerala, Orange alert in 12 districts
Orange alert has been issued by IMD in 12 districts of Kerala. (Photo: PTI/File)
Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued an Orange Alert for the day in 12 districts of Kerala as heavy rains continued to lash the state.
The IMD on Thursday issued an orange alert in all districts of Kerala except Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority said that the cyclonic circulation over North Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas would cause very heavy rainfall over many parts of the southern state.
The Central Meteorological Department on Wednesday had predicted heavy and very heavy rains for the next two days in the state followed by two more days of heavy rain.
Kerala has been receiving heavy rains for the past few days and it has thrown normal life out of gear at some places in the state.
In view of the heavy rains and to be better prepared for the onset of monsoon in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had issued a slew of instructions a day ago to ensure that the authorities deal with problems like landslides and floods. are ready.
Some of the instructions issued by the CM were – local bodies prepare a list of disaster prone areas in their jurisdiction and provide to the concerned authorities like police and fire services, ensure that there are relief camps with adequate facilities to evacuate people. and desilting of streams and rivers.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has already deployed five teams in Kerala.
Red alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall of more than 20 cms in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rain ranging from 6 cms to 20 cms of rain. Yellow alert means heavy rain between 6 to 11 cms.
The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has asked people to stay away from rivers and other water bodies till the rains subside.
The SDMA has also asked people not to travel to hilly areas unless it is an emergency and avoid night travel till the rains subside.
The district administration has also warned people not to stay near the coastal areas of high tide.
The IMD had earlier predicted that the Southwest Monsoon, also known as Edavapati in the state, is likely to make its first rainfall in Kerala by May 27, five days before the normal onset date.
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