Red and orange alerts for 5 districts of Kerala; very heavy rain warning in parts of southern India
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued red and orange rain alerts on Monday for the Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki districts of Kerala for December 2-3.
IMD has also issued advisories for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala which are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rains on December 2 and 3 and isolated heavy rains on December 1 and 4. The department in a tweet added that heavy rains are expected in isolated locations on the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh also during December 2-3 and over Lakshadweep during December 3-4.
The alerts came after IMD projected an intensification of the depression in the southeastern Bay of Bengal that may trigger a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. The meteorological department said: “It is very likely that it will intensify further into a deep depression during the next 12 hours. It is also likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours. “
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Due to harsh weather conditions, fishermen have been warned not to enter the southeast of the Bay of Bengal from November 30 to December 1, southwest of the Bay of Bengal and the east coast of Sri Lanka from 1 to 3 from December. “Total suspension of fishing operations from November 30 to December 4 on the areas. Fishermen at sea are advised to return to shore today, ”added IMD.
If the depression deepens into a cyclone, then it would be a second storm that would hit the southern states of India in less than a week. Cyclone Nivar’s ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ struck Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on November 26. While no large-scale damage to life or property was claimed, Nivar caused heavy rains and flooded Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.