More rain is expected in Kerala, with an Orange alert issued in 11 districts on Wednesday

Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the brief respite in the heavy rain that Kerala has been experiencing for the past two days is only a temporary respite.
The National Weather Service has predicted more rain in the state, which has already been hit by a slew of landslides and flash floods in recent days.

In response, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) issued a Yellow alert on Tuesday in eight districts.

They are Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Palakkad districts

KSDMA issued an Orange alert in as many as 11 districts on Wednesday. Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, and Kannur are the cities involved.

Showers ranging from heavy to very heavy are expected in this area, particularly in the districts along the Western Ghats.

With landslides becoming more common in India, the Geological Survey of India and the KSDMA recommended that people living in landslide-prone areas be evacuated to safety. Efforts are being made.

In the remaining three districts – Kollam, Alappuzha, and Kasaragod – a Yellow alert has been issued.

The Orange alert remains in effect in 12 districts for another day (Thursday), with Kollam and Alappuzha being the most recent additions.

On Thursday, Kannur and Kasaragod will be under a Yellow alert.

The region’s heavy rain is expected to last until Saturday (October 24), according to the IMD.

Only light showers had fallen over the last two days as the low-pressure area that had formed in the Arabian Sea weakened.

The arrival of easterly winds bound for South India will change this, according to the IMD.

The dams in the state are overflowing, with a red alert issued for over ten major dams.

Four major dams in the state, Idukki, Idamalayar, Pamba, and Kakki, out of a total of 78, have been opened to release excess water.
Several district administrations have issued warnings to people living downstream and have relocated them to relief camps set up by the state.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged everyone to be extra cautious if the rains do not stop.

While urging people to follow the authorities’ instructions, he also cautioned them against making unnecessary trips during these hazardous weather conditions.

As per the Met standards, a Red alert denotes heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an Orange alert signifies very heavy rains of 6 cm to 20 cm of rains. A Yellow alert, on the other hand, denotes heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

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