Heavy Rain Alert in Kerala: Essential Safety Tips for Tourists

With the Southwest monsoon expected to hit Kerala on May 31, the state is already witnessing heavy rainfall in several districts. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for heavy rainfall in isolated areas until Tuesday, along with strong winds on certain days. The disaster management authority has advised against venturing into the sea until further notice. Here are some essential safety tips for tourists visiting Kerala during this period:

Check Destination Status:

Potential Closures: Heavy rains may lead to the temporary closure of tourist attractions. Verify if your planned destinations are open before heading out.

Contact Information: Keep the contact numbers of local tourist authorities, police, and tour operators handy. Regularly monitor local news for updates.

Travel Safely:

Avoid Self-Driving: Roads can become slippery and prone to flash floods or landslides during heavy rains. Opt for local drivers who are familiar with safe routes and experienced in navigating the terrain during the monsoon season.

Health Precautions:

Prevent Diseases: Heavy rains can lead to an increase in insect-borne, food, and water-borne diseases. Ensure you eat at hygienic places, avoid wading through muddy waters, and drink only bottled or boiled water.

Carry Essentials: Bring essential medicines and a first aid kit.

Emergency Preparedness:

Essential Gear: Pack strong umbrellas, raincoats, flashlights, fully charged mobile phones, power backup devices, and chargers. Wear warm, rain-friendly clothing.

Lightweight Luggage: Pack light but include waterproof clothing and footwear.

Flexible Travel Plans:

Be Adaptable: Be prepared for sudden changes in your travel plans. Inclement weather may require you to stay indoors at times.

Protect Your Devices:

Waterproof Cases: Use waterproof cases for your electronic devices. If possible, travel with water-resistant gadgets, especially for outdoor activities.

Upcoming Weather Alerts for Kerala

Orange Alert (May 18): Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

Orange Alert (May 19): Idukki, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha districts.

Orange Alert (May 20-21): Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, and Idukki districts.

Rainfall Prediction: Expect rainfall ranging from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm per hour in these areas.

Wind Forecast: Anticipate strong winds of 30 to 40 km per hour on May 19 and 20.

Yellow Alert (May 18): Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kozhikode, and Wayanad districts.

The State Disaster Management Authority advises against venturing into the sea from the Kerala coast until further notice due to the expected adverse weather conditions.

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