Kerala on 'High Alert' ahead onset of monsoon
New Delhi : Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a series of ‘red’, ‘yellow’ and ‘orange’ alerts in several districts of Kerala before the onset of monsoon.
It has issued a red alert in four districts: Thrissur, Ernakulam, Malappuram, and Kozhikode, for ‘very heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy rainfall’.
‘Orange’ alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, with isolated ‘heavy’ to ‘very heavy rainfall’ forecast.
The IMD has also predicted squally weather with winds reaching 35-45 kmph and likely to prevail over the southwest Arabian sea off the coast of Somalia, Lakshwadeep, Maldives area and Gulf of Mannar. Fishermen have been advised not to venture out to sea from June 7-11 in these areas.
KSDMA has also released a monsoon preparedness and disaster relief handbook that contains instructions for 30 departments on what needs to be done as part of the monsoon preparedness and disaster response.