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IMD issues two-day red alert in five Kerala districts ahead of monsoons

As rains continue to lash across Kerala days ahead of expected onset of Southwest monsoon, IMD issued red alert in five districts of the state for Sunday and Monday indicating extremely heavy rainfall

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Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

An Auto rickshaw running on the road during heavy rainfall, in Bodhgaya on Friday. Photo: ANI
An Auto rickshaw running on the road during heavy rainfall. Photo: ANI

As rains continue to lash across days ahead of the expected onset of Southwest monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a red alert in five districts of the state for Sunday and Monday indicating extremely heavy .

issued red alert in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts for Sunday.

Red alert has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts for Monday. Except Kasaragod, other districts in the state have an orange alert for Sunday.

Revenue Minister K Rajan, who met the media, said directions have been issued to district collectors to deal with any emergencies.

"We held a meeting on Saturday, chaired by the Chief secretary. Directions have been issued to all district collectors and other concerned authorities. As of now, the rivers are not overflowing. We have issued special directions to hilly districts and hazard analysts have been asked to closely monitor the situation," Rajan said.

He said all departments concerned have been alerted and people from danger-prone areas will be evacuated without delay if necessary.

"As of now there is no need for opening relief camps across the state. But we need to be careful as there are chances of landslides if the rain continues," Rajan said.

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rains. A yellow alert means heavy between 6 to 11 cm.

The weatherman had issued a red alert in Ernakulam and Idukki on Saturday.

Most parts of Ernakulam city was inundated on Sunday due to heavy which lasted the whole night. Two camps have been opened in Ernakulam city to house families affected by waterlogging.

A total of nine families from various places have been housed in two camps.

As the heavy downpour alert was issued, the government on Saturday evening called a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary to assess and take steps for mitigation measures.

With the red alert being issued in more districts today, the state government and the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) have asked people to stay away from rivers and other water bodies.

The SDMA have also asked people not to travel to hilly regions unless it's an emergency and to avoid night travel until the rain subdues.

The has earlier predicted that the Southwest monsoon, which is also known as Edavapathy in the state, is likely to bring its first showers to by May 27, five days earlier than the normal onset date.

Since it was raining in the southern part of the state for the past few days, the district administrations have issued warnings to people staying in low lying areas, on the banks of the rivers and hilly regions to remain vigilant.

Kodungallur in Thrissur district received 20 cm of rain on Saturday, as per the website which is the highest rainfall in in the last 24 hours. Aluva in Ernakulam district received 19 cm of rain while CIAL Kochi in Ernakulam, Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district and Kottarakkara in Kollam district received 17 cm rain each.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sun, May 15 2022. 15:56 IST
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