Met Dept warns of Depression; Dams to be opened
Thiruvananthapuram: The Meteorological Department has informed that the circumstances are favourable for a depression to the west of Minicoy island in the Arabian Sea. This is likely to strengthen within the next 36 hours and will move north-westward. It will turn into a cyclone by October 8 and will go to the Oman shores.
Due to the influence of the depression, heavy rainfall will occur in Kerala till Monday. A very heavy rainfall also is likely here on Sunday. Gusty wind with a speed of 60 kmph may occur on Saturday.
An atmospheric vortex has been formed close to the Tamil Nadu shores in the Bay of Bengal. This also is likely to change into a depression by October 8. Both these phenomenon has intensified rain in many places of the state.
The red alert issued in Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts for Sunday was withdrawn. As per the renewed warning, Idukki and Malappuram districts are under red alert. An orange alert has been issued in Idukki for Friday and Monday and in Palakkad for Monday.
Considering the chances of rough sea, fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea since Friday. The fishermen in the sea have been asked to come back to the shore. Very heavy rain is likely in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Sunday. Red alert has been issued in Lakshadweep for Saturday.
A meeting of state disaster management authority held in Thiruvananthapuram has decided to open the shutters of dams including Idukki dam following the heavy rain alert. It has been planned to release water as required after assessing the situations. This is to avoid emergency opening of dam shutters as happened during the flood.
Experts have said that landslips and mudslides are possible in many districts due to the heavy rain alert. As the floods have devastated the state, the environment here is not capable of bearing hostile weather conditions. The land has cracked in many places.
Landslips are more likely in hills that are slanted in more than 20-degree angle. The people living in such areas should be extra cautious, said Dr. M. G. Manoj, scientist at the Radar Centre of the Cochin University of Science and Technology.