Heavy rain likely to lash Kerala; yellow alert in 5 districts
Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department informed that heavy rain is likely to lash the state in the coming days. Following this, yellow alert has been sounded in various districts on different days. Heavy rain gauging from 64.5-115.5 millimeter is predicted in isolated places within 24 hours.
June 5 - Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki
June 6 - Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki
June 7 - Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha
The State Disaster Management Authority informed that the yellow alert indicates that the public and concerned officials should observe the situation closely and all should be cautious about the hazards like trees getting uprooted and electric poles falling down due to heavy rain and wind.
As gusty winds and rains are predicted, people dwelling in landslide prone areas and river banks should stay alert. Those living in coastal areas also should be cautious as rough sea is likely in such places, the State Disaster Management Authority informed.
The Orange Book released by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority in 2020 explains about the precautions to be taken in the districts where yellow alert is sounded. In order to know about the precautions during gusty wind and lightning, people can visit Twitter and Facebook pages of the Disaster Management Authority.
Warning for fisherfolk
Though gusty wind at a speed of 45-55 kmph is likely in mid-west and south-west areas in the Arabian Sea, fishing in Kerala coast is not banned. However, the Disaster Management Authority informed that fisherfolk should venture into the sea only by following the warning of meteorological department.
The authority has warned fisherfolk not to go for fishing on these days in the mentioned areas:
June 5: Bad weather likely in Andaman sea and southeast of the Bay of Bengal.
June 6: Bad weather and gusty wind likely in Andaman sea and southeast and mid-east areas of the Bay of Bengal.
June 7: Bad weather and gusty wind likely in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts and the Gulf of Mannar.
Rainfall activity in central and south India is likely to pick up pace from next week due to a cyclonic circulation which is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal and aid in the progress of the monsoon, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday.
IMD director general Mrutunjay Mohapatra said a low pressure area is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal and move towards Odisha next week.
A low pressure is a cyclonic circulation and the first stage of any cyclone. However, it is not necessary that every low pressure intensifies into a cyclone.
“This will help advance monsoon and bring good rainfall during the next week,” Mohapatra said.
Monsoon had hit Kerala on June 1 on its normal onset date. The IMD had earlier predicted that the monsoon would be delayed by four days, but Cyclone Nisarga helped push the monsoon to reach Kerala on its normal onset date.
"Conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement of Southwest Monsoon into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, southwest and east central Bay of Bengal, entire southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of west central Bay of Bengal during next 2 days," the IMD said.
According to the IMD, the country as a whole has received 9 per cent more rainfall than the normal since June 1. The north Indian plains will also witness rainfall due to a western disturbance, the IMD said.
A western disturbance is a cyclonic circulation that originates in the Mediterranean Sea. It crosses central Asia and brings in rains to hills and north Indian plains after it comes in contact with the Himalayas. East Uttar Pradesh and east Rajasthan are also likely to witness rainfall, the IMD added.
(With inputs from PTI )