On Wednesday, the Kerala Government issued a red alert in three districts due to extremely heavy rains on 7th October. The red alert was declared after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a warning about a cyclonic depression over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area. On October 7 the Kerala state disaster Management authority (KSDMA) has issued a red alert in three districts of Kerala Idduki, Palakkad and Thrissur.
The Chief Minister has called out an emergency meeting by alerting the fishermen and coastal population to be attentive and cautious. He said the three districts will be on red alert as there is the possibility of heavy rains with the cyclonic storm.
One of the head scientists of State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) reported us that a low-pressure area is very likely to form over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area on October 6. Most probably it will intensify into a depression and move north-westwards, in these subsequent 48 hours all the fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.
This situation will increase the possibility to cause sea erosion which will lead to triggering floods and landslides warned SEOC scientist. The advisory has been issued in all three districts of the state. Most of the districts of Kerala will be on yellow alert till October 6, which is the first level of disaster alert for caution and preparedness. On October 7 the highest emergency red alert will be issued in three districts because of heavy rainfalls over 20 cm.
In the meeting, the CM said that support of five national disasters Response Force (NDRF) teams have been decided for rescue. He further added that the tourist will be advised not to visit the hilly areas such as Munnar as it is one of the popular places for tourist attraction. He also advised the people to not visit landslide prone hilly areas and flood-prone areas during heavy to extremely heavy rains.