Weather Update: Red Alert in 5 Kerala Districts

The red alert has been issued for five districts of Kerala following the forecast of heavy rains for the next few days. Further on Dynamite News:

Thiruvananthapuram: Red alert has been issued for five districts, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur, following heavy rain forecast for the next few days in Kerala.

Extremely heavy rainfall of 204.5mm is likely in a few locations over the next 24 hours, according to Meteorological Department sources here on Monday. An orange alert has been issued for the districts of Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kasaragod.

A yellow alert was issued for Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad on Monday. Extreme levels of flood danger have been announced in at least two locations in the state. Widespread rains are expected for the next three days over Kerala and Lakshadweep due to strong westerly wind flow from the Arabian Sea to southern peninsular India in the lower tropospheric levels.

Heavy rains (7 cm to 11 cm in 24 hours) to very heavy rains (12 cm to 20 cm in 24 hours) are very likely to occur in isolated places in Kerala on May 16 and heavy rains (7 cm to 11cm in 24 hours) are highly likely to occur in remote locations in Kerala on May 17-18, a MeT press release said. A thunderstorm with lightning accompanied by gusty wind with a speed reaching 40-50 km/h is very likely to occur in isolated places in Kerala on May 16 and a thunderstorm with lightning is very likely to occur in places isolated from Kerala on 17 and 18 May and more from Lakshadweep until 18 May.

Anglers are advised not to venture out to sea during the mentioned period. In the event of a warning of heavy rain, it is necessary to cooperate with the authorities to move the areas as instructed, in accordance with the directives issued by the Central Meteorological Service. People living in hazardous areas should be careful as sea level rise is likely to be steep along different coasts, he said.

Those living in unsealed homes and those whose homes do not have solid roofs should be prepared to move for safety reasons in the event of warnings in the coming days, he said. Endangered trees, planks in private and public places should be secured and trees should be pruned, he added.

Those in the disaster risk zone should have an emergency kit ready immediately. In the event of heavy rain, do not cross rivers, or other bodies of water for fishing or for any other purpose, he said. (UNITED)

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