Extremely Heavy Rainfall-IMD issues RED alert in six districts of Kerala

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Kerala in the coming days and has issued red alert for Kerala’s these six districts – Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam and Thrissur.

Very heavy to extremely heavy rains are expected to lash parts of Kerala for three days from July 18.

A red warning indicates authorities to ‘take action’, an orange message indicates ‘be prepared’, while a yellow message urges authorities and citizens to ‘be updated’.

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As per the Met Department, the above-mentioned districts are expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall – which is over 204 millimetre of rainfall in 24 hours – in the next couple of days.

For Red Alert areas, district collectors have been told to take precautionary measures, including evacuating people from vulnerable areas or areas that witnessed flooding or landslides in last year’s floods.

“We would not have had to issue red alerts if it was only heavy or very heavy rainfall. But we are expecting extremely heavy rainfall for consecutive days in certain districts, and that’s where the concern lies,” Sekhar Kuriakose, Member-Secretary for the disaster management agency.