Red alert sounded for Malappuram, Idukki on Sunday
With an intense low pressure system brewing over the southeast Arabian Sea, the State government has stepped up disaster preparedness at the district level even as the India Met Department (IMD) forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in the State over the next four to five days.
The IMD has issued a red alert for Idukki and Malappuram on October 7, with both the districts predicted to experience isolated extremely heavy rainfall (more than 20.4 cm a day). The weather office has also declared an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places) for Idukki on October 5, 6 and 8 and Palakkad on October 8.
Official sources said five additional teams of the National Disaster Response Force had been despatched to Kerala for rescue and relief operations in view of the evolving weather situation. The new teams will supplement the two already stationed in the state.
Squalls with wind speed reaching 40 kmph to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph have been forecast over the Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area from October 6. The winds are expected to increase further over the region. Fishermen have been warned not to venture out to sea from Saturday and those out on deep sea fishing expeditions have been advised to return to the coast.
A weather bulletin issued by the IMD on Thursday said the cyclonic circulation over the southeast Arabian Sea was likely to trigger the formation of a low pressure area on Friday with the potential to concentrate into a depression and intensify further into a cyclone moving towards Oman.
Another low pressure area is likely to form over southwest Bay of Bengal and neighborhood around October 8, according to a mid day bulletin issued by IMD.