Heavy rains clash Kerala as the North East Monsoon gets a hold of the state. Following an orange alert from the authorities, all schools have been shut. Several parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep received heavy downpours on Sunday. A warning has been issued for Kerala and Lakshadeep for the next five days.
Kerala: All schools in Kochi are closed today, following heavy rainfall in the city. An orange alert has already been issued for the next two days. pic.twitter.com/TjM5GIp0Fr— ANI (@ANI) October 21, 2019
Orange alert was issued by authorities for Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Wayanad Palakkad and Malappuram districts on Sunday. According to IMD, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur till Tuesday.
“The low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian sea is likely to become a well-marked low during the next 36 hours," the IMD bulletin issued on Sunday said.
Orange Alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, and Wayanad as heavy rainfall is expected on Monday. Districts of Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, and Kozhikode have been issued a yellow alert for Monday.
The IMD and KSDMA (Kerala State Disaster Management Authority) have also issued a warning to fishermen for venturing in the sea as wind speed is expected to reach 45-55 kmph and is likely to prevail over the southeast and east-central the Arabian Sea. According to reports, Flooding at Ernakulam South Railway station has disrupted train services.
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