Kerala alerted for heavy rain, asserts IMD
Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared that they forecasted heavy rain in Kerala and alerts were issued on time to the state. Apart from the alerts, IMD had informed chances of heavy rain in a meeting summoned by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, also attended by officials including chief secretary.
While addressing the assembly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that the failure in weather forecast resulted in more casualities and destructions. The chief minister claimed that IMD has only issued normal rain alerts to Kerala.
Meanwhile, IMD dismissed the Chief Minister’s statement in a press release.
“India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued all necessary severe weather warnings through its office in Thiruvananthapuram. As per the regular practice, warnings are uploaded in the local website (www.imdtvm.gov.in) every day. District-wise rainfall forecast along with warnings with colour coded alerts are also uploaded and updated thrice daily in the website,” said IMD.
IMD has informed high level officials of Kerala about the strong monsoon conditions with heavy rainfall activity in a meeting convened by Chief Minister on August 9. Apart from this Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue & Disaster Management) was briefed orally over phone on all occasions and SDMA Member Secretary was briefed on August 10.
In a release issued on August 2, Kerala was alerted against rainfall over extreme south peninsula shall be above normal from August 9 to 15. The alert was repeated in a statement issued on August 9. It was alerted that heavy rain will lash Kerala from August 13.
Orange alert that asks to prepare for bad weather was issued and applicable from August 6. Red alert was applicable from August 9. Orange alert was issued to Idukki and Alappuzha from August 10 to 14. Red alert was issued to Wayanad for the same period. Heavy rain was forecast from August 11 to 15 and the state was warned against it.
Red alert was applicable to Idukki from August 12 to 14 and later it was extended till August 15. IMD had issued extremely heavy rainfall warning for the state on August 15. The department pointed out that red alert was issued to all districts in the state.
In a bulletin issued from Delhi office, orange and red alerts were issued to Kerala about two or three days in advance of the deluge. Nowcast warnings for next 3 hours were also issued through SMS to State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) and district collectors.