Heavy rains likely in Kerala till Aug 9: IMD

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A view of Ernakulam KSRTC bus stand following heavy rains. Photo: TK Pradeep Kumar/Mathrubhumi News

Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department has forecasted that heavy rains will continue in Kerala till August 9.

“Heavy (7 – 11 cm in 24 hours) rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places in Kerala from 6th August to 9th August 2022. Thunderstorm with lightning is very likely to occur at one or two places in Kerala from 6th August to 9th August 2022,” reads the IMD alert.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea for the next five days. Strong wind with a speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely to prevail over Kerala coasts from August 5 to 9.

On Friday morning, IMD alerted that a low-pressure area is likely to form over Northwest Bay of Bengal and cyclonic circulation is also prevailing over the Andhra coast. Kerala is likely to receive heavy rains till August 9 due to this low-pressure area and cyclonic circulation.

Thousands of residents in central and north Kerala districts were evacuated on Thursday after monsoon rains caused floodwaters to rise in various rivers, forcing authorities to open shutters of dams to manage water level in reservoirs.

At least 19 people have died in the heavy rains and flooding in the state since July 31. It also caused damage to 32 properties completely and 232 partially, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said.

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