IMD Warns Of Heavy Rains In Kerala & TN; Navy On Alert

Thiruvanathapuram: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy rains in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the next 12 hours. The latest red alert issued by the IMD states that a depression has formed over the Southeast Arabian Sea which is likely to strengthen in the next 12 hours leading to heavy rains in Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu.

Following this, the Indian Navy has announced that all its naval assets, both air and surface, are being maintained at high alert to provide any assistance to the state administration and local population in case of any untoward situation caused due to heavy rainfall and inclement weather.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced “gates of Idukki-Cheruthoni dam will be raised tomorrow at 6 am and water will be let out at the rate of 50 cubic meter per second as a preparatory measure in the backdrop of heavy rain forecast for the next couple of days”.

Kerala’s State MeT department has issued a district-wise alert warning of intense rains in the next five days. The state government further stated that its rescue and relief machinery had been put on high alert.

CM Vijayan also informed that the state administration is alert and all precautionary measures are being taken. He added that 5 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have arrived in Kerala and they would be deployed in Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode.

Warnings have also been issued to people living alongside river banks and tourists have been asked not to visit hill stations like as Munnar and Nelliyampathy. Moreover, fishermen have also been asked to refrain from venturing into the sea.

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