Heavy rain in Kerala as low pressure intensifies into depression; red alert in 5 districts
Thiruvananthapuram: The low pressure formed over the Arabian Sea has concentrated into a depression in the Lakshadweep region, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
It is very likely to intensify into a deep depression and into a cyclonic storm further, the IMD said. It lies about 80 km south-southwest of Aminidivi and 360 km west –southwest of Kannur and 1170 km south-southwest of Veraval in Gujarat. It is expected to reach the Gujarat coast on May 18 morning.
Following the low pressure, Kerala will continue to receive heavy rain and strong winds. On Friday, the state experienced heavy rain in several parts and the depression was just 300 km of Kannur by night. Red alert has been sounded in 5 districts. Heavy rain and strong wind will continue to lash the state on Sunday too.
The IMD also warned to stay alert about rough sea, strong lightning strikes and other disasters. Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has completely banned venturing into sea on Kerala coast till further notice.
High waves were witnessed in Thoppayil in Kozhikode district following the low pressure. Water entered houses and 2 houses were destroyed. In Kannur and Kasaragod, heavy rainfall was reported with strong winds uprooting trees in some areas.
Those seeking help can contact the Disaster Management authorities at 1077.
Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod
Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur