Red alert in 3 districts of Kerala withdrawn; Orange alert sounded in more districts

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Kozhikode: According to the latest information from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the red alert issued in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts on Friday has been withdrawn. Orange alert has been sounded in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.

Red alert has been sounded in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts on May 15 and orange alert in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram, the officials informed.

Though warnings were issued in view of Cyclone Tauktae, Kerala is unlikely to be on its path, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed. However, the people in coastal region should exercise extreme caution, they added. Currently, the cyclone is located at Lakshadweep area.

Though the cyclone may not touch Kerala coast, it will result in a deep depression and extremely heavy rain in the state. The State Disaster Management Authority expects extremely heavy rain which gauges 204 millimetre within 24 hours.

The district administration directed that people dwelling in disaster-prone areas should cooperate with the attempts to relocate as rough sea is predicted. Fishing has been completely banned on Kerala coast. Fishing equipment should be kept safely.

Those who live in fragile households also should be ready to relocate according to the instructions of the authorities in the coming days.

Trees, posts and boards which poses threat in public places should be pruned or removed. The dangerous condition should be brought to the attention of the authorities.

While shifting to relief camps, people should follow Covid protocols. Those living in disaster-prone areas should prepare an emergency kit immediately.

Anyone should not try to cross water bodies, swim or fish during heavy rain and all are advised to keep away from water bodies to avoid tragedies.

Those living near dams should consider the chances of opening shutters of dams and be prepared to relocate as directed by the authorities. People should avoid night travelling in hilly areas.

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