Cyclone in the offing? Kerala CM issues warning, red alert sounded in 3 districts 

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 03, 2018, 07.13 PM(IST)

File photo: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Photograph:( ANI )

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'Tourists have been advised not to travel to hilly regions, especially to Munnar to see the Neelakurinji,' CM Vijayan noted

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday cautioned the state authorities against a warning sounded by the Indian Meteorological Department. CM Vijayan stated that the IMD has "issued a warning about a low-pressure area in the Arabian sea close to Sri Lankan coast," which may develop into a cyclonic storm and hit the state. 

"The predicted trajectory will be along the coast of Lakshadweep," news agency ANI quoted CM Vijayan who added that a red alert has been sounded in three districts for October 7.

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"Fishermen have been advised to reach to the safer coast by October 5. A warning has been issued, a red alert has been declared in 3 districts for October 7. Disaster Management Authority has met to assess the situation. We've sought support from central agencies and five companies of NDRF," the chief minister added.  

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He also shared that the district administration has been directed to take necessary action to handle the crisis. "Tourists have been advised not to travel to hilly regions, especially to Munnar to see the Neelakurinji," CM Vijayan noted.

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Unabated rainfall in Kerala during this monsoon season wreaked havoc, prompting the state authorities to open the shutters of as many as 22 dangerously full dams and reservoirs.

Mammoth flooding, landslides destroyed many parts of the state rendering lakhs of people homeless and displaced who took shelter in over 5,000 relief camps set-up across Kerala. 

The destructive deluge claimed nearly 500 lives with an estimated loss to the state worth over Rs 21,000 crore.