Heavy rain likely to hit Kerala from May 14, alerts IMD

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Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department has alerted that Kerala will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from May 14 onwards. Following this, the authority sounded orange and yellow alerts in various districts in Kerala.

It is learned that south Indian states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will receive heavy rain due to the impact of a low-pressure area which likely to form over the southeast Arabian sea.

A low-pressure area is very likely to form over the southeast Arabian sea around 14th May morning. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards across the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining the Lakshadweep area and intensify gradually, reads the IMD press release.

Observing the weather forecast, IMD sounded orange alert in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha on May 14 and 15.

A yellow alert is already sounded in Idukki and Malappuram on Tuesday.

Idukki district is placed under yellow alert on May 12, Wednesday too. Only Thiruvananthapuram is put on yellow alert on May 13, Thursday.

A yellow alert is sounded in four districts including Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam on May 14, Friday.

Meanwhile, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur will be placed under yellow alert on May 15, Saturday.

Apart from heavy rain, squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely along and off Kerala coast on Friday, IMD predicated.

Predicting heavy rain, IMD alerted the public and government system to be cautious.

People residing in low-lying areas in the districts placed under orange and yellow alert, river banks and hilly areas prone to landslide and mudslide are advised to stay vigilant during rain.

The fishermen are advised not to venture into the southeast Arabian sea, Lakshadweep, Maldives areas, Kerala-Karnataka coasts from May 14.

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