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Thiruvananthapuram: In view of Cyclone Burevi passing though Kerala, the India Meteorological Department has forecast extremely heavy rains and strong winds in the state in coming hours. Red, orange and yellow alerts have been issued in various districts.
On December 3, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha have been placed under red alert which warns of more than 204.5 mm rainfall in 24 hours.
On December 2 – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki and on December 3 – Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam and on December 4 – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki have been placed under orange alert which warns of rainfall betweem 115.6mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours.
On December 2 - Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam and on December 3 and 4 – Thrissur and Palakkad and on December 5 – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakuam and Idukki have been placed under yellow alert. It warns of rainfall between 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm at isolated places in 24 hours.
According to IMD, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning are likely to occur at one or two places over Kerala and Lakshadweep area from November to December 4.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has issued warning in the wake of IMD forecast and asked public and government systems to exercise caution.
People living in low-lying areas and landslide prone areas are instructed to shift to safer places or relief camps.
Tourism activities will be restricted. Public should avoid travelling to hilly areas. Trips to beaches and high range should be avoided. Covid protocol should be followed when in relief camps.
The KSDMA informed that venturing into sea from Kerala coast has been banned till further notice. The ban came into force from Monday midnight and is applicable for all types of fishing vessels.
Those who already ventured into the sea should move to the nearest safe coast immediately. Nobody will be allowed to go to sea until the KSDMA grants permission considering the movement of the cyclone. The IMD and the KSDMA are observing the movement of the cyclone.