Red alert in 3 districts, heavy rain likely in Kerala

Red alert in 3 districts, heavy rain likely in Kerala


The State Government has issued red alert in Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad districts with the India Meteorological Department warning of heavy to very heavy rain in the State for five days from Wednesday. The low pressure developed near Lakshadweep could change to cyclone, IMD said. Yellow alert has been issued in Pathanamthitta district.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan convened an emergency meeting of Disaster Management Authority officials today. District Collectors were directed to be prepared for eventualities and set up disaster relief camps.

This comes hardly two months after the State reeled under severe floods that affected almost all districts, claimed more than 370 lives, saw more than 10 lakh people move to relief camps and caused damages to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore.

Fishermen have been advised to return from sea by Friday and tourists have been asked to avoid travelling to Munnar and other spots in Munnar.

According to the Met centre heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in one or two places in Kerala from Wednesday to Saturday. Extremely heavy rainfall is likely at one or two places on Sunday.