Kerala was warned of intense rain spells well in advance: IMD

Kerala was warned of intense rain spells well in advance: IMD

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New Delhi, Sept 3: Amid the huge devastation and loss of lives in flood hit Kerala, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said it had issued all necessary severe weather warnings through its office in Thiruvananthapuram and as per the regular practice, warnings were uploaded in the local website every day.

Weather Forecasts for five days and outlook for subsequent two days, which also include heavy rainfall warning and wind warning, are sent through e-mail to Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue & Disaster Management), State Disaster Management Authority, Navy, Special Marine enforcement, Print and electronic media, the national weather forecasting agency said in a release.

The IMD also said that high level officials of Kerala Government were briefed in a meeting convened by the Kerala Chief Minister on August 9 about the strong monsoon conditions with heavy rainfall activity and the Additional Chief Secretary ( Disaster Management) was briefed orally over phone on all occasions.

The Member Secretary, State Disaster Management Authority was briefed on August 10. District Collectors of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram were briefed on August 14. (UNI)