Kerala to receive very heavy rainfall for next 5 days: MeT department

WION Web Team Delhi, India Oct 04, 2018, 08.42 PM(IST)

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State authorities today opened 4 shutters of Malampuzha dam in Palakkad region by 9 cm. 

Kerala Meteorological Department on Thursday warned of heavy rainfall in the state for the next five days and have issued a district-wise warning, news agency ANI reported. 

"Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for next 2-4 days," K Santosh, Director Kerala Meteorological Department told media.

The rainfall is expected to intensify further into a depression in subsequent 36 hours and then move northwestwards to develop into a cyclonic storm before moving northwest towards the coast of Oman, the MeT department noted. 

"Under the influence of cyclonic circulation which is lying over Southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep Maldives area, a low-pressure area is expected to form over Southeast Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep during next 24 hours," Santosh added. 

State authorities today opened 4 shutters of Malampuzha dam in Palakkad region by 9 cm. 

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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.

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.