Heavy rainfall expected in Kerala next week

Kerala is expected to receive heavy rainfall as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the formation of a low-pressure area over the south Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of the Southeast Bay of Bengal.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an “Orange” alert for Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts on December 1, yellow alert has been sounded for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kottayam districts on Tuesday and for Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and idukki districts on Wednesday. Orange alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall ranging from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain while yellow alert is heavy rainfall ranging from 6 cm to 11 cm. “A low-pressure area lies over South Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of Southeast Bay of Bengal and Equatorial Indian Ocean. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 48 hours and likely to intensify further thereafter. It is likely to move nearly westwards and reach south Tamil Nadu coast around December 2,” the IMD said in a statement.

Winds reaching up to 90 kilometres per hour (kmph) are likely over Southwest Bay of Bengal and along south Tamil Nadu coast, Kerala coast, Comorin Area and Gulf of Mannar. Winds up to 75 kmph are also expected over north Tamilnadu-Puducherry coast, Southeast Arabian Sea and Maldives and Lakshadweep areas. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these sea areas, IMD said. “Fishermen are also advised not to plan for deep-sea fishing till December 2,” the IMD said on its website.