IMD forecasts heavy rain in Kerala: Chief Secretary holds emergency meeting

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Thiruvananthapuram: The India Metrological Department has alerted that Kerala will receive extremely heavy rainfall in next five days. Following this, Kerala Chief Secretary VP Joy called an emergency meeting of all departments and rescue forces on Saturday at 6 pm. The meeting was summoned as directed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for taking necessary precautions in view of heavy rains.

District collectors of 8 districts where red and orange alerts are in place are also attending the virtual meeting.

On Saturday, IMD predicted that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall will lash South and Central Kerala. A red alert has been sounded in Ernakulam and Idukki districts on Saturday.

The weatherman has issued a red alert for Ernakulam and Idukki for Saturday while an orange alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur districts till May 16.

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rainfall. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

The IMD said squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over Kerala coast and advised fishermen not to venture into sea till May 16.

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The weatherman has also issued a yellow alert for Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts on these days.

Since it was raining in the southern part of the state for the past few days, the district administrations have issued warning to people staying in low lying areas, on the banks of the rivers and hilly regions to remain vigilant.

The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has warned the people in coastal areas to exercise extreme caution as examining rough sea conditions.

Fishermen are also restricted from venturing into the sea in Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts.

The IMD has earlier predicted that the Southwest monsoon, which is also known as Edavapathi in the state, is likely to bring the first showers to Kerala by May 27, five days earlier than the normal onset date.

(with inputs from PTI)

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