Cyclone Tauktae likely to form by Sunday; red alert in 8 districts of Kerala


Thiruvananthapuram: The Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain in Kerala. The low pressure formed over the southeast Arabian Sea will intensify into Cyclone Tauktae by Sunday.

Nine teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have arrived the state. They have been deployed in Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Idukki and Kollam.

The government has directed the district administrations to make arrangements for relief activities in view of the extremely heavy rain. Cyclone Tauktae is the first cyclone formed in the Arabian Sea this year. Its name was suggested by Myanmar.

Following the warning, a red alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts on May 14 and in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod on May 15.

Heavy rain, gusty wind and rough sea are predicted in the state as the low pressure will intensify into a cyclone and move near Kerala coast. The IMD predicted extremely heavy rain which gauges 204 millimetre within 24 hours.

The State Disaster Management Authority is closely monitoring the formation of depression and its development. The alerts will be revised from time to time according to the warning issued by the IMD.

The low pressure formed in the south eastern part of the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep on Thursday morning. The low pressure will turn into a deep depression by Saturday morning and intensify into a cyclone by Sunday moving in north-northwest direction.

Relief camps have been opened in the districts which are likely to be affected by the heavy rain and adverse weather conditions. Covid protocol has been strictly implemented in the camps to ensure safety.

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