The Kerala government, on Wednesday 3 October, issued a red alert in three districts of the state after Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned about a cyclonic depression over the Arabian Sea.
In an emergency meeting convened by CM Pinarayi Vijayan, fishermen have been cautioned from venturing out. He said, “The IMD has sounded a red alert in Idukki, Palakkad and Thrissur districts, as very heavy rains have been predicted on 7 October, while several parts of the state are likely to get heavy rains on 5 October.”
District authorities have been asked to be ready for any eventuality as landslides can be expected, said Vijayan.
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry on High Alert Too
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are also likely to receive widespread, moderate rain with some isolated incidents of heavy downpour in the next three days, Deputy Director General of Meteorology S Balachandran said Wednesday, 3 October
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea between 6 October and 8 October over the South Kerala coast, Lakshadweep area, Comorin area, Southeast Arabian sea and Central Arabian sea, he told reporters in Chennai.
“Formation of a low pressure area over southeast Arabian sea on 5 October and its transformation into a cyclonic storm while moving towards northwestward direction on 6 October and 7 October is also likely to happen,” he said.
“Till October 5, there would be widespread, moderate rainfall in TN and Pondicherry and heavy rainfall in some isolated places,” he said.
The official said those who are in deep sea have been advised to return to the coast by 5 October.
The cyclone has reportedly formed after a spell of rains in Gujarat due to cyclone Daye. Cyclone Daye had crossed the coast near Gopalpur in Odisha on 21 September, triggering heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in several parts of the state.
The cyclone over northwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward with a speed of about 23 kmph and crossed south Odisha and adjoining Andhra Pradesh coast close to Gopalpur in the early hours of Friday, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas had told PTI.
As the cyclonic storm had made a landfall, it brought heavy to very heavy rainfall in some places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of the state, PTI reported.
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(With inputs from The Times of India and PTI)