IMD forecasts heavy rainfall for 2 days in Kerala; shutters of Aruvikkara Dam raised

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Thiruvananthapuram: IMD has forecast heavy rains on Sunday and Monday in the state. The state is likely to experience showers for the next five days due to the westerly winds strengthening in the Arabian sea. Meanwhile, the shutters of the Aruvikkara Dam has been raised due to the increase in water level.

Districts are likely to experience heavy winds accompanied by thundershower in the next three hours. An orange alert has been issued for Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts.

Meanwhile, a yellow alert was issued for Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts.

Chief Secretary V P Joy called a high-level meeting of the district collectors and issued directions to open relief camps if necessary.

In the meeting, he directed the district collectors to set up an alarm system to alert the people in case of any emergency.

Government sources said a control room has already been set up in the state to deal with the emergencies. The meeting also directed the collectors to shift the people from the areas prone to flooding.

"Directions have been issued to arrange relief camps if necessary. Food and drinking water will also be ensured there," the sources said.

(with inputs from agencies)

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